Assemblymember 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.
Assemblymember Chau currently serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, which oversees issues pertaining to building standards, homeless programs, housing finance, land use planning, and redevelopment, among others.
In addition, he is a member of the Assembly Committees on Banking and Finance; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy, Judiciary; and Privacy and Consumer Protection. His is also Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies, which focuses on identifying exciting early-stage technologies, understanding their market potential and impact on legal and regulatory frameworks, and the social implications of future technologies on the public.
He previously Chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy, which examined a number of privacy related issues, such as mobile app privacy, Internet privacy, data collection and surveillance privacy. The Select Committee held hearings on a range of topics, such as reviewing existing privacy principals and constitutional protections, examining the effectiveness of disclosure-based approaches to privacy protection, discussing the use of cloud computing technology by school districts to transmit and store student data, and exploring the benefits and impacts associated with the commercialization of drones on the newsgathering and entertainment industries, and law enforcement.
During his time in the Legislature, Assemblymember Chau has been a champion for consumers by passing legislation to more effectively punish those who commit elder abuse; protecting the privacy of those seeking legal counsel; and ensuring better access to emergency housing assistance. Other bills signed into law include legislation to ensure that more money is allocated for groundwater cleanup projects in the San Gabriel Valley; assist in securing housing for mentally ill homeless individuals; enhance privacy protections for everyone as technology continues to advance; and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by authorizing transit buses to accommodate more bicycle riders.
Born in Hong Kong, Assemblymember Chau grew up in Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California and Southwestern University School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Computer Science and a Juris Doctor Degree. After law school, he opened the Law Office of Edwin Chau and was a general law practitioner and small business owner for over 20 years. Prior to owning his business, 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. Assemblymember Chau previously served as a Board Member of the Montebello Unified School District for 12 years where he acted as Board President three times, and as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court for a decade.