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Phillip Chen

R

Assembly Republican

District 59, Brea

Time in office

Assembly: 2016—Present

Background

Small Business Owner

Campaign contributions

Assemblymember Phillip Chen has taken at least $531,000 from the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector since he was elected to the legislature. That represents 12% of his total campaign contributions.

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Capitol office

Capitol Office, 1021 O Street, Suite 4620
P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0059; (916) 319-2059

District office(s)

3 Pointe Drive, Suite 313, Brea, CA 92821; (714) 529-5502

Biographical information

Birth Place

El Monte, CA

Race/Ethnicity

Asian or Pacific Islander

Residence

Yorba Linda, CA

Gender

Male

Born

April 22, 1978

Identifies as

Straight

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How this legislator voted in 2021-2022

Campaign contributions received by sector

OpenSecrets and CalMatters have categorized campaign contributions to legislators based on the economic sector that the donor represents. Methodology →

This is how much money Phillip Chen has taken from the various sectors since he was elected to the legislature.

Broad sector Amount Percent
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
$531,000 $531k 12%
Labor
$439,650 $439k 10%
Party
$438,378 $438k 10%
Candidate Contributions
$378,625 $378k 8%
Health
$307,303 $307k 7%
General Business
$216,544 $216k 5%
Energy & Natural Resources
$201,571 $201k 5%
Government Agencies/Education/Other
$164,874 $164k 4%
Transportation
$139,450 $139k 3%
Agriculture
$92,100 $92k 2%
Ideology/Single Issue
$87,361 $87k 2%
Communications & Electronics
$81,003 $81k 2%
Construction
$77,300 $77k 2%
Lawyers & Lobbyists
$34,600 $34k <1%
Unitemized Contributions
$4,326 $4k <1%
Defense
$4,000 $4k <1%
Note: The above percentages might not add up to exactly 100% because we are not displaying any contributions that have not yet been classified.

Committees this legislator serves on

Being on a policy committee means the legislator works on these issues by considering bills relevant to the policy topic. The committee “chair” , chosen by the chamber leader, oversees the discussions of these bills. Members also serve on additional special, select, joint and sub committees, which can be found here.

Banking and Finance (Vice Chair)
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Bills involving financial institutions, real property finance, consumer finance and corporate securities law
Business and Professions
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Bills involving new regulatory entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs; elimination of regulatory entities within the DCA; health care professional licensing; Veterinarian licensing; Occupational licensing; Vocational education; Department of General Services; Product labeling
Insurance
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Bills including insurance (excluding health insurance), workers compensation, and unemployment compensation.
Labor and Employment
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Primary jurisdictions are wages, hours, employment discrimination, Cal-OSHA, employment development, and public job programs.
Utilities and Energy
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Bills involving the California Energy Commission; California Independent System Operator; California Public Utilities Commission; Electric generation; Electric grid; Energy providers; utility rates; water utilities.

How special interest groups rate this legislator

Special interest groups are organizations that advocate on behalf of shared interests, such as protecting the environment. Many interest groups rate politicians on how well their voting records agree with each group's goals. See a selection of these ratings for this legislator. Methodology →

39%
2021
American Civil Liberties Union
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The ACLU has major chapters in Northern California and Southern California and advocates on criminal justice, free speech and other issues.
94%
2022
California Chamber of Commerce
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The California Chamber of Commerce includes an advocacy arm for employers. It says it has more than 14,000 members representing a quarter of the state’s private sector workforce, and it issues an annual “job killer” list of bills.
0%
2022
California Environmental Voters
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California Environmental Voters advocates for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. It was started in 1972.
6%
2021
California Labor Federation
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The California Labor Federation is an umbrella organization for more than 1,200 labor unions representing 2.1 million workers in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
43%
2022
California Teachers Association
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The California Teachers Association is a labor organization representing teachers and other employees at K-12 schools and community colleges. With 310,000 members, it is the largest affiliate of the National Education Association.
0%
2021
Courage California
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Courage California is a progressive advocacy organization seeking policy change on issues including equity, representative democracy and institutional corruption.
50%
2021
Equality California
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Equality California says it has more than 900,000 members and is the largest statewide organization of its kind. It advocates for equal rights and other issues of concern to the LGBTQ community.
A-
2022
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
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The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association advocates for limited taxation and for the “economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.” It was founded by Howard and Estelle Jarvis, who championed Proposition 13 in 1978, California’s landmark property tax limit.
0%
2022
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
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Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California represents seven affiliates that run more than 100 health centers serving more than 750,000 patients a year. It advocates on sexual and reproductive health care and education, and access to health care, including abortion.
0%
2022
Sierra Club
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The Sierra Club has 13 chapters with more than 400,000 members in California and advocates on environmental and climate change issues.

Assembly District 59 demographics

Assembly District 59 map
R

Leans Republican district

Next election: 2024

How to read these charts

District
State

Voter registration

Dem
33%
47%
GOP
39%
24%
No party
22%
23%

Census data on race/ethnicity, household income, age, poverty rate, and education level will be provided when available.

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Most recent election

2022 General
R

Phillip Chen (Incumbent)

Republican
70%
N

Leon Q. Sit

No Party Preference
30%

CalMatters coverage about this legislator

Is it too easy for write-in candidates in California elections?

By Sameea Kamal, July 28, 2022

Confusion, contradictions swirl in lead-up to California primary

By Emily Hoeven, June 7, 2022

Cop cash: California law enforcement gives big to campaigns

By Jeremia Kimelman, March 29, 2022

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