Ed Chau for Assembly
Our Choice for State Assembly
Ed Chau was elected in November 2012 to represent the 49th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte. He previously served our community as a Board Member of the Montebello Unified School District. He served there for 12 years including as Board President three times. In addition, Ed was a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court for a decade.
In the State Assembly, he currently serves as Chair of both the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies and Innovation. He also serves as a member of the following Committees: Appropriations; Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy; Judiciary; and Natural Resources.
As a member of the State Assembly, Chau has passed tough new laws to punish those who commit elder abuse. He has also worked to address the affordable housing crisis in our state and focused on legislation to assist mentally ill individuals with securing housing and exiting homelessness. He helped establish a process to ensure we get more federal funding for affordable housing; and in order to promote more affordable housing, he worked to reduce the parking requirements for affordable projects that are close to transit or serve individuals who have fewer cars.
Assemblymember Chau joint-authored the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, a landmark law that grants rights to consumers over their personal data across the Internet, and prohibits discrimination against the services consumers receive as a result of exercising those rights. This law is vital to enhance privacy protections as technology continues to advance. He also took on hackers – and those who hire them to commit crimes – by writing a new law to hold them accountable and ensure that businesses, state and local agencies have strong technological safeguards in place, if our private information is compromised. He wrote a law that requires businesses and government agencies to provide notice of a data breach to residents of California.
To protect our environment he fought for more money for the San Gabriel Valley for groundwater cleanup projects to ensure that its basin continues to serve as a sustainable, clean water sources for the community.
Born in Hong Kong, Assemblymember Chau grew up in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California and Southwestern University School of Law, where he obtained a B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Computer Science and a Juris Doctor Degree, respectively. After law school, he opened the Law Office of Edwin Chau and was a general law practitioner, and small business owner, for over 18 years. Prior to owning his business, Assemblymember Chau was an engineer for IBM and a programmer for Unisys Corporation where he helped create cutting-edge technology and focused on finding solutions to tomorrow’s problems.