Ling Ling Chang Takes Oath to Become the 29th Senate District’s Next Senator
Senator Chang is the first Taiwan-born Female Senator in California History
SACRAMENTO – Today, Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) was sworn in as the State Senator representing California’s 29th Senate District. Following a mid-term recall election fueled by objections over the new gas tax, Chang was the top choice by voters to represent the tri-county district.
“It is a great honor to be sworn in today as the State Senator representing my community – the community I grew up in,” said Senator Chang. “I am humbled by the trust the voters have placed in me and I recognize the weight of that responsibility. Voters were clear that we need someone in Sacramento to protect taxpayers, and I’m to prepared fight tax increases wherever I see them.”
During the oath of office, Senator Chang was joined by a number of her colleagues in the State Senate and Assembly. California Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath of office. Following her oath, Senator Chang became the first Taiwan-born female Senator in California history.
Senator Chang joins the California State Senate after serving in the Legislature as an Assemblywoman for one term. During her tenure as a representative of the 55th Assembly District, Chang served as Republican Whip, Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee, and as an inaugural member of the Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee.
In her time serving, Ling Ling Chang promoted the importance of STEM education in addition to using technology to improve state government. Chang authored and passed the nation’s first law to allow state employees to use sharing-economy services like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnb. For her work Chang was named California’s inaugural STEMx Policy Fellow — part of a multi-state effort to put an emphasis on STEM education – as well as a “Tech Champion” by the Computing Technology Industry Association.
Prior to the Legislature, Senator Chang served as Mayor and Councilmember of Diamond Bar and President of the Youth Science Center, a non-profit promoting STEM education. She currently resides in the City of Diamond Bar with her husband, Andrew Wong.
The 29th Senate District encompasses portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, including the communities of Brea, Chino Hills, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Stanton, Walnut, Yorba Linda and portions of Anaheim, Buena Park, City of Industry, and West Covina.
根據張齡玲（Ling Ling Chang）辦公室發布的新聞稿，她在今天宣誓就任表示，謙卑接受選民託付重任，並聲稱選民需要能保障納稅人權益的民代，她會力抗增稅。
2016年加州州參議員選舉，張齡玲當時曾獲得向來友台但已宣布退休的聯邦眾議院議員暨外交委員會主席羅伊斯（Ed Royce）力挺，可惜最後她以不到2500票、得票率0.8個百分點的些微差距，敗給民主黨籍的紐曼（Josh Newman）。
根據張齡玲辦公室發布的新聞稿，她曾擔任加州第55選區的州眾議員，非常重視「科學、科技、工程及數學教育」（STEM Education），並主導及通過有利於Uber、Lyft與AirBnb等共享經濟服務（sharing-economy services）的法規。
張齡玲所代表的加州第29選區由部分洛杉磯郡（LA County）、橘郡（Orange County）與聖伯納地諾郡（San Bernardino County）的城鎮組成，這個選區的華裔人口占有相當的比例。