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Experience that counts

Assemblymember Kansen Chu was first elected to the State Assembly representing residents from Berryessa, Alviso, North San José, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Newark and south half of Fremont in 2014.

He has served as the Chair of the Assembly Human Service Committee and Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media. He started and chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crime. During his tenure in office, he served 6 years on Transportation and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committees. He has also served on Assembly Revenue and Tax, Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committees. His work has always been focused on public health, mental health, income inequality, public safety, regional transportation and environmental protection. He has received many accolades and he is most honored by the San Andreas Regional Center Legislator of the Year Award in 2019.

Assemblymember Chu secured more than $60 million to support training and recruitment of mental health professionals, fight against car break-ins and property theft, senior services, arts education and emergency preparedness. In addition to securing funding for his district, Chu passed bills to:

  • Increase school bus safety, expand access to mental health services

  • Secure more funding for public transportation 

  • Improve state’s recycling efforts

  • Expand access to clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities

  • Protect domestic abuse survivors

  • Prevent abuse of minors in the work place

  • Move the State away from outdated practice of switching the clock twice a year. 


Kansen served on the San Jose City Council from 2007 to November 2014. He has initiated landmark legislation to require citywide green building standards, ban the single use plastic bags, and mandate the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San Jose.


Additionally, as Councilmember, he worked with stakeholders to create the North San José Neighborhood Plan, established the Berryessa Business Association to help grow and support local businesses, helped to start the Berryessa Farmers Market to make it easier for residents to enjoy healthy and locally grown fruits and vegetables, and moved the long-awaited Commodore Park projects forward to provide additional opportunities for exercise and recreation.

In 2002, Kansen was elected to the Berryessa Union School Board (BUSD). As a school board member, he championed pre-K education and brought two child development centers to BUSD. Kansen also started a parenting class for parents of ESL students.

Kansen's dedication to our community is reflected in his many community activities and civic services. He served on the Santa Clara Valley Metro YMCA, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation, and Advisory Board of Californians for Justice. Kansen has also served on the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, Private Industry Council under Job Training Partnership Act (Work to Future), and Neighborhood Accountability Board under the County Restorative Justice Program.

Born in Taiwan, Kansen came to California as a graduate student with two luggages full of text books. After receiving his Master's in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, he worked as a Microdiagnostics Microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. Kansen has been married to his wife, Daisy, for 44 years and they have two adult children, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

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Born in Taiwan, Kansen moved to the United States in 1976 as a graduate student. He holds a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Cal State Northridge, and worked as a Microdiagnostics Microprogrammer at IBM for 18 years. In addition, he also owned and operated Ocean Harbor Chinese Restaurant for 16 years.

Kansen and his wife Daisy have been married for more than 40 years. They have two adult children.


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