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Fong and his wife, Grace, have three children.
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Paul Fong
Paul Fong.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for San Jose City Council, District 1
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Assembly District 28
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sSan Jose State University
Master'sSan Jose State University; University of San Francisco
Paul Fong is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

He is seeking election to the San Jose City Council in 2014. Municipal elections in California are conducted on a nonpartisan basis.


Fong's professional experience includes working as a professor at Evergreen Valley College and founder of Flower Cottage.

He is a founding member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, member of the Board of the California Community Colleges Trustees, President of Community Housing Developers, member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors and founder of Sacred Heart Community Services.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fong served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections and Redistricting, Chair
Higher Education
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Utilities and Commerce
Water, Parks and Wildlife


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fong served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fong served on these committees:


Fong's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 701 - School districts: contracts: formal bids
  • AB 994 - Government tort claims: inverse condemnation
  • AB 1092 - Personalized health medicine

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

Political Courage test

Fong 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]

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.[3][4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Fong ranked as a 94.[5]



See also: San Jose, California city council elections, 2014

The city of San Jose, California held city council elections on June 3, 2014. A runoff election will take place on November 4. Paul Fong and Charles Jones advanced past Richard A. McCoy, Susan Marsland, Tim Gildersleeve, Art Zimmermann and Bob Levy in the primary election and will face off in the runoff election.[6][7]


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Fong won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 28. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 22. He and Chad Walsh (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

California State Assembly, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Fong Incumbent 62% 108,061
     Independent Chad Walsh 38% 66,239
Total Votes 174,300


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Fong won re-election to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Eric Shooter Hickok and T.J. Campbell in the November 2 general election.[10]

California State Assembly, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Fong (D) 74,501
Eric Shooter Hickok (R) 30,143
T.J. Campbell (L) 6,478


In 2008 Fong was elected to the California State Assembly District 22. Fong (D) finished with 109,249 votes while his opponent Brent Oya (R) finished with 34,230 votes.[11] Fong raised $573,148 for his campaign fund.[12]

California State Assembly District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Fong (D) 109,249
Brent Oya (R) 34,230

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fong is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Fong raised a total of $1,577,745 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[13]

Paul Fong's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 28 Won $568,478
2010 California State Assembly, District 22 Won $436,119
2008 California State Assembly, District 22 Won $573,148
Grand Total Raised $1,577,745


Fong won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Fong raised a total of $568,478.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Fong's campaign in 2012
California Democratic Party$16,325
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Federation of Teachers$15,200
California State Council of Laborers$11,700
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$11,400
Total Raised in 2012$568,478
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Fong raised $436,119 in contributions.[14]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $12,800
California State Pipe Trades Council $12,600
California Association Of Realtors $11,700
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
PG&E Corp $7,800


Below are Fong's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[15]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
San Mateo Democratic County Central Cmte $9,050
CA State Council of Laborers $8,200
California Federation of Teachers $8,200
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $7,700


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

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In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[16]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[17]


Fong and his wife, Grace, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Alejo (D)
California Assembly District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 22
Succeeded by
Kevin Mullin (D)