Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-San Jose) was elected in November 2008 to represent the 22nd Assembly District. In November 2012, Assemblymember Fong was re-elected to represent the newly drawn 28th Assembly District. The new district is located in the southern Bay Area that includes Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the areas of Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden Valley of San Jose.
Assemblymember Fong serves as the Chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee and member of the Higher Education, Utilities and Commerce, and Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committees. In addition, Assemblymember Fong serves as Chair of the Select Committee on High Technology and is a member of the Select Committees on Biotechnology, Government Efficiency, Technology and Innovation, Homelessness, Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations, and Privacy.
Assemblymember Fong is Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and a member of the Community College Caucus, the Democratic Caucus, the Animal Protection Caucus, and the Environmental Caucus.
Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Fong served on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors, and served on the Board of the California Community Colleges Trustees. Assemblymember Fong was also a political science professor at Evergreen Valley College.
As a lifelong educator dedicated to changing young lives through his passion for education, Assemblymember Fong has authored legislation to increase student access such as AB 2302, historic transfer reform for our higher education system and AB 970, a landmark reform bill to the student fee process for the California State University and University of California systems. For his commitment and leadership in education, he has been awarded with the California Federation of Teacher’s Legislator of the Year 2012, University of California Student Association Legislator of the Year 2011, California Community Colleges Board of Governors Legislator of the Year 2011, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges Legislator of the Year Award 2011, Campaign for College Opportunity Champion for College Opportunity Award 2010, California State Student Association Legislator of the Year Award 2010.
In addition, Assemblymember Fong is an activist for causes such as environmental issues, business, civil rights, and affordable housing. He is a founding member of the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, a Board Member for Sacred Heart Community Services, and a Board Member for the Community Housing Developers.
Assemblymember Fong has received many awards including: the Sierra Club’s Byron Sher Award 2012, Oceana's Ocean Hero Award 2012, Humane Society’s Legislator of the Year Award 2011, American Muslim Voice FoundationFred Korematsu Civil Rights Award 2011, California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery Liaison Award 2011, California Senior Legislature Legislator of the Year Award 2011, Chinese Historical & Cultural Project President’s Award 2011, South Bay Labor Council Warrior for Justice 2011, amongst many others.
Assemblymember Fong holds two degrees from San Jose State University; a B.A. in Sociology and a M.P.A. Also, he holds a MAEd. from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife, Grace, are owners of the Flower Cottage in Sunnyvale. Paul and Grace have three children, Sean, Nicole and Sydney.