|California State Assembly District 68|
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Van Tran is an attorney with a private practice. He has previously interned for US Representative Robert Dornan, and California State Senator Ed Royce.
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.
Tran attended the University of California, Irvine, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. He received his Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from Hamline University in St. Paul. Minn.
Political Courage test
Tran did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Tran ranked as a 20.
- Banking and Finance Committee, California General Assembly
- Governmental Organization Committee, California General Assembly
- Judiciary Committee, California General Assembly (Vice Chair)
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|
|Van Tran (R)||72,034|
|Kenneth Arnold (D)||61,239|
Below are Tran's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CA Medical Assoc||$12,200|
|Prime Health Care Anaheim||$7,200|
- Legislative profile of Van Tran on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Van Tran on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Van Tran on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Tran
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Tran Issue Positions
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- California State Assembly election results
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
|California State Assembly District 68
| Succeeded by|
Allan R. Mansoor
State of California
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