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  • Van Tran (1964–present)
  • Saigon, South Vietnam
  • VIET NAM
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California Assemblyman Van Tran represents the 68th district, which includes Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Stanton, and Westminster.

He is the first American of Vietnamese descent to be elected to the California State Assembly, and only the second American of Vietnamese descent to be elected to public office in the United States.

Van’s family first came to America in 1975 when he was only 10 years old. They had bee evacuated by the U.S. Army a week before the fall of Saigon. After originally settling in Michigan, the family moved to Orange County when Van was in high school. Politically active during his university days, Assemblyman Tran started as an intern for Congressman Robert Dornan and for then State Senator (now Congressman) Ed Royce.

He completed his bachelors degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine, and then went on to earn both a master's degree in public administration and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The Orange County Register recognized him in 2001 as "a person to watch."