Van Tran

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Van Tran
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California State Assembly District 68
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney
Van Tran was a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 68 from 2004 to 2010. He served as Assistant Minority Leader.


Tran earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine and his M.P.A. in Public Administration and J.D. from Hamline University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney with a private practice and intern for US Representative Robert Dornan and California State Senator Ed Royce.

Van Tran is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, Asian-Pacific Islander Joint Caucus and Vice Chair of the Orange County Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.[1]

Tran and Texas State Representative Hubert Vo were the highest-ranking Vietnamese American elected officials in U.S. history until Anh Cao was elected to the United States House of Representatives in December 2008. Tran took office one month before Vo did, making him the first Vietnamese American to serve in a state legislature.

Tran emigrated to the United States in 1975, when he and his family were evacuated from Saigon by the U.S. Army one week before the city fell to the North Vietnamese. The family originally settled in Michigan before relocating to Orange County when Tran was in high school.

Committee assignments


Political Courage test

Tran did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

Van Tran's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 285 - Corporations: electronic transmissions
  • AB 631 - Public assistance: home visits
  • AB 1392 - Vandalism: Graffiti and Gang Technology Fund

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



Tran was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.


In 2008, Tran was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 68. Tran (R) finished with 72,034 votes while his opponent Kenneth Arnold (D) finished with 61,239 votes.

California State Assembly District 68
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Van Tran (R) 72,034
Kenneth Arnold (D) 61,239

Campaign donors


Below are Tran's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[3]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Medical Assoc $12,200
Philip Morris $7,200
Irvine Co $7,200
Prime Healthcare Anaheim $7,200
Sempra Energy $7,200

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Tran ranked as a 20.[6]

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 68
Succeeded by
Allan R. Mansoor