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" With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the governmental agencies, and get things done.  As a County Supervisor, I aim to serve my constituents needs and partner to improve the growing city we call home."
Experience that counts.
State Government Experience
Assemblymember Kansen Chu was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 25th Assembly District, which includes the Alameda County communities of Fremont and Newark, and the Santa Clara County communities of Milpitas, San José and Santa Clara.  

As the Assemblymember, Kansen served on committees that are of his top interest. 

  • Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee

  • Assembly Insurance Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, Transportation Committee, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee I

  • Assemblymember Chu created the Select Committee on Hate Crimes and is spearheading the conversation and policy changes to denounce hate and keep communities safe.  

  • Former Chair of the Human Services Committee 

Since elected in 2014, Chu has focused on the following topics through the legislation he has proposed and supported:

  • Mental health

    • This year, he is working on AB 8 to put a mental health professional in every single school in California and ensure that our children get timely access to services.

    • He was able to secure $10 million in 2018 to support training and recruitment of mental health professionals and $8.5 million to support arts education. 

  • Public safety

    • Assemblymember Chu is also working to improve training for 911 dispatchers through AB 680 to help them better recognize mental health crisis and provide on-the-scene peace officers with crucial information that could result in better outcomes for incidents. 

    • In 2019 include better hate crime reporting, refresher training on hate crimes for peace officers,

  • Education

  • Environmental protection and justice

  • Good governance in the legislature.

Local Government Experience

Kansen Chu previously served on the San José City Council for seven years. He was the first Chinese-American to serve on the region’s City Council. During this time, he made public health and environmental issues top priorities, passing initiatives to require citywide green building standards and championed a ban on single-use plastic bags. He also spearheaded the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San José as a way to save lives.

While serving on the City Council, Chu worked with community members to create the North San José Neighborhood Plan, established the Berryessa Business Association, helped start the Berryessa Farmers Market, and moved the long-awaited Commodore Park project forward. He served on 21 local and regional governing committees and represented San José on the League of California Cities and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

A long-time advocate for education, Chu was elected to the Berryessa Union School Board District in 2002. As a school boardmember, he worked to bolster public education materials, strengthen curriculum and improve public access to school board meetings.