David Chiu was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014, representing the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco; he was re-elected in 2016, 2018, and 2020. In his first year, David was appointed by the Assembly Speaker to serve as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore. Since 2015, David has served as Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. He has also served as the Chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and Policy Chair of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.
During his first 6 years in the Legislature, David has authored 64 bills signed into law by the Governor. The bills address a wide spectrum of issues, including housing, homelessness, transportation, education, environment, health, public safety, and the civil rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ Californians, and workers.
Prior to joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. On his first day in office in 2008, David was elected President of the Board of Supervisors, the first Asian American to hold the post. David’s reputation as a problem solver led his fellow supervisors to select him as Board President for an unprecedented three consecutive terms. As Board President, David Chiu authored 110 ordinances across a wide range of policy areas.
Previously, David Chiu served as a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, a criminal prosecutor with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and a founder and Chief Operating Officer of a public affairs technology company, Grassroots Enterprise. In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee.
Prior to running for office, David was a hands-on leader in San Francisco. He served as a Small Business Commissioner, president of the Asian American Bar Association, board chairman for the Youth Leadership Institute, the Chinatown Community Development Center and Lower Polk Neighbors and a board member of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse. David was elected three times to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and as well as the Assembly District’s executive board representative to the California Democratic Party.
The son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University. David is married to Candace Chen. A third-generation San Franciscan, Candace is a public interest lawyer who manages a refugee foster care program. David and Candace are raising their five-year-old son, Lucas.