RELEASE: California API Legislative Caucus Endorses Dave Min (SD37) For State Senate

Irvine, Calif. ‚ÄĒ TODAY,¬†Dave Min, son of Korean immigrants, UC Irvine law professor, and candidate for California’s 37th State Senate District, was endorsed by the California Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.¬†The API Caucus’ endorsement joins a growing number of API elected officials who have come out in support of Min’s campaign, including: Representatives Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, and Mark Takano; California State Controller Betty Yee; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach; and others.

The Caucus, comprised of 4 officers and 7 sitting members, advocates for the interests of California’s diverse and growing API community in the State Legislature.¬†If elected, Min will be Orange County’s only API Democratic elected official at the county, state, or federal levels.

Sitting members of the Caucus include:

  • Assemblymember David Chiu (Chair)
  • Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi
  • Senator Richard Pan
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra
  • Assemblymember Ed Chau
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu
  • Assemblymember Todd Gloria
  • Assemblymember Evan Low
  • Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting

‚ÄúThe California API Legislative Caucus is proud to support Dave Min for State Senate,”¬†said API Caucus Chair David Chiu. “Dave’s commitment to representing all of the diverse constituencies in his community as well as his robust policy background make him perfectly suited to lead on important issues like improving public education, expanding economic opportunity, and investing in affordable housing. We know Dave will make an outstanding State Senator and we are excited about working with him.”

‚ÄúI am beyond honored to have the early support¬†of our state’s impressive API legislative leadership¬†in my State Senate run,”¬†said Min.¬†“In Sacramento, I look forward to working in the Legislature alongside the caucus members to address the diverse needs of California’s API community – such as ensuring equal access to educational opportunities¬†and healthcare services, and safeguarding civil rights and liberties.”¬†

The API Legislative Caucus’ endorsement adds to a broad and fast-growing coalition of early supporters of Min’s State Senate run. Since announcing his candidacy on January 8th, Min has been endorsed by a number of elected officials, local activists, and organizations, including:

  • Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794
  • California¬†State Controller Betty Yee
  • Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary
  • Congressman Gil Cisneros
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Mark Takano
  • California State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • David Ryu – Los Angeles City Council Member
  • Sukhee Kang – Former Irvine Mayor
  • MaryAnn Gaido – Former Irvine City Council Member
  • Ross Chun – City of Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro Tempore
  • Tiffany Ackley – Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman
  • RL Miller – Chair of California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus
  • Ali Taj – Artesia City Council Member
  • Valerie Amezcua – Santa Ana Board of Education
  • Andrew Rodriguez – Walnut Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sherri Loveland – Women’s rights advocate
  • Louise Adler – Founding member of Women in Leadership, local women’s leader
  • Judge Lynne Riddle (ret.) – Planned Parenthood board, activist, retired federal bankruptcy judge
  • Sarah Miller – Deputy Director, Open Market Institute
  • Robin Ganahl – Orange County Clean Energy Advocate and Organizer

A full endorsement list can be found HERE.


David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest.  He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy. His brother Andrew is a Stanford-educated doctor.

California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.

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