Kansen Chu for State Assembly

Meet Kansen

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 Jose, and Santa Clara. In Sacramento, Kansen has been a champion for small business and job creation,  education, and the environment. As the Chair of the Assembly Committee of Health and Human Services, he has fought for the most vulnerable in our society by ensuring efficient services are being brought to child welfare, foster care, in-home support services, and the Cal-Works and CalFresh programs.

Kansen Chu served on the San Jose City Council from 2007-2014. He was the first Chinese American to serve on the region’s City Council. During this time, he made public health and the environment top priorities, passing legislation to require citywide green building standards, ban the use of single-use plastic bags. He also promoted the installation of automatic heart defibrillators across San Jose.

While serving on the City Council, Chu 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 and dog park projects forward to provide additional opportunities for exercise and recreation.He serves on 21 local and regional governing committees and represents San Jose on the League of California Cities and Association of Bay Area Governments.

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

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, Shin Shin Education 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, Neighborhood Accountability Board under the County Restorative Justice Program, the KNTV Channel 11 Community Board, and Asian Law Alliance.

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

Chu and his wife Daisy have been married for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Ann and Walt, a son-in-law Steve Blomquist, and two grandchildren Kimberly and Connor.