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David Chiu


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-2014 Democratic AD-17 63041 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic AD-17 172153 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic AD-17 140381 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic AD-17 0

Candidate Biography:

Born: April 2, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio
Married: Candace Chen (m. 2013)
Child: Lucas

1990s: Democratic Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee
1990s: Aide, U.S. Senator Paul Simon
1990s: Prosecutor, San Francisco District Attorney’s office
2009-2014: Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

  • Supreme Court Decision: In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a law authored by David Chiu and Autumn Burke, AB 775 (2015), was unconstitutional. The law, which required crisis  pregnancy  centers to inform all clients that California provides free or low-cost services, including abortions, and give them a phone number to call, was found to "unduly burdens protected speech." (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, 16–1140)
  • CLOSE CONTEST: Chiu narrowly won the 2014 General election when he defeated David Campos by 2,625 votes (2.2%)
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 1482 (2019) which would, among other provisions, limit annual rent increases statewide over the decade beginning January 2020 to 5% plus inflation, and retroactively limits rent increases imposed from March 2019 onward. (Chapt. 597, Stats of 2019)