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March Fong Eu


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CA Blue Book (1975)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1966 Democratic AD-15 45195 Win
11-05-1968 Democratic AD-15 57883 Win
11-03-1970 Democratic AD-15 53037 Win
11-07-1972 Democratic AD-15 66173 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic Secretary of State 3491292 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic Secretary of State 4104695 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic Secretary of State 4586121 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic Secretary of State 4971230 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic Secretary of State 3864151 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 29, 1922 in Oakdale, CA
Married: Chester Fong (m. 1967), Henry Eu (m. ~1973)
Children: Matthew Kipling Fong and Marsha Suyin Fong
Died: December 21, 2017 in Irvine, CA

1945-1948: Dental Hygienist, Oakland Public Schools
1956-1966: Supervisor of Dental Health Education, Alameda County Board of Education
1994: Resigned as Secretary of State on February 17.
1994-1996: US Ambassador to Micronesia
2002: Primary Candidate for Secretary of State (Lost; 29.1%)
2003: Filed a Statement of Intention to run for Governor in the Recall (withdrew)

  • PLACENAME: In March 2019, the Secretary of State's building at 1500 11th Street in Sacramento, was named the March Fong Eu Building to recognize and celebrate her tenure as Secretary of State.
  • HISTORIC: On July 14, 1976, while the Governor, Lt. Governor, Senate President Pro Tem, and Assembly Speaker were out of the state, Eu became acting Governor (the first woman or Asian-American to serve as Acting Governor).
  • According to Rutgers, Eu was the first Asian American woman in the United States to be elected to a statewide executive post. 
  • UNACKNOWLEDGED API: This elected official was excluded from the "History of Asian Americans in the California Legislature" by the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (Source).

Source: California Blue Book (1967)