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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 68

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Steven S. Choi

Small Businessman/Assemblyman
96,611 votes (53.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will fight against the stream of continuous tax increases and fees constantly put forward by Sacramento politicians.
  • I will fight the job-killing, anti-business regulations and bad laws that have made California such a hostile regulatory environment and have made it so difficult for our economy to thrive the way that it should.
  • Repeal many of the laws that have taken away local control and moved power to the politicians in Sacramento – especially in the area of education.



Profession:Small Businessman / Assemblyman
Assembly Member, District 68, California State General Assembly, — Elected position (2016–current)
Mayor, City of Irvine — Elected position (2012–2016)
Founder, Doctor Choi's Academy (2000–2015)
Council Member, Irvine City Council — Elected position (2004–2012)
Trustee, Board of Education, Irvine Unified School District — Elected position (1998–2006)


University of Pittsburgh Ph.D., Library and Information Science (1976)
Louisiana State University MS, Library Science (1971)
Kyung Hee University BA, English Language/Literature/Letters (1966)


Steven Choi was elected to the California State Assembly in 2016 to represent the 68th District. He was previously elected Mayor of Irvine in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He was elected to the City Council for the first time in 2004 and re-elected to a second term in 2008. Previously, he was elected as a Trustee of the Irvine Unified School District in 1998 and re-elected in 2002.


Steven is a passionate and experienced educator. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, he immigrated to the United States as a Peace Corps language instructor for the State Department in August, 1968. He then continued his post-graduate studies, earning his master’s degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University, and his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, he resumed his teaching career, primarily in higher education at several universities and colleges including USC, UCI, California State University, Los Angeles, Henderson State University in Arkansas, Saddleback College, and most recently, Coastline Community College.


In many ways, Steven’s vision for California and Orange County is to improve the quality of life for its citizens by assuring responsible growth, effectively managing traffic, using his experience leading one of America’s safest cities to improve public safety throughout the state and Orange County, and providing quality education for our children, while bringing fiscal stability and growth to the State.


Orange County’s cultural and ethnic diversity and harmony serves as a very important role on Steven’s agenda. Enthusiastic about expanding Orange County’s cultural diversity, he has organized and participated in many large scale regional events such as the Global Village Festival and Korean American Day Festival. He also values Orange County’s wonderful assets comprising of its natural beauty, high standard of living, and high intellectual standards. Most importantly, he is strongly aware of the importance of listening to the voices of Orange County residents.


As an Assemblyman, he sends out legislative news highlights via his eNewsletter on a steady basis, encouraging residents to get involved by asking for their opinions on particular issues and legislative proposals discussed in the State Assembly.


Hoping to provide a sufficient educational and desirable experience for Orange County residents, he is exceptionally committed to supporting programs for children and senior citizens. Steven contributed to Orange County’s education as the founder and director of highly academically successful Dr. Choi’s Academy. For more than a dozen years, the Academy focused on providing tutoring and academic enrichment programs for students. Alongside Steven, his wife, Janie, has also been serving Orange County children since 1990 with Kumon Math and Reading academic program.


Steven brings his wide breadth of experience to the State Assembly, having served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the Orange County Sanitation District. He also served on several other important boards, including: Orange County Great Park, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD), Orange County Public Library Advisory Board, the President’s Advisory Council at Concordia University, and the President’s Advisory Council of George Mason University-Korea.


He and his wife Janie have lived in Irvine since 1993, where they raised their children Daniel, now an anesthesiologist, and Michelle, an attorney.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $352,396

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Steven S. Choi
Altria Group
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Edison International
Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association

More information about contributions

By State:

California 89.73%
Michigan 1.70%
North Carolina 1.25%
Washington 0.99%
Other 6.32%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.89%)
Small contributions (0.11%)

By Type:

From organizations (57.74%)
From individuals (42.26%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My values reflect those of our district. As a small business owner, I’m bringing real-world, job creating experience to Sacramento. As Mayor, I led America’s Best Run City and the Safest Big City in America. As a husband and father, I raised my family in the 68th District, and my children graduated from our public schools here.

As your representative in the California legislature, my commitment to you is straightforward:

I will fight against the stream of continuous tax and fee increases constantly put forward by Sacramento politicians.

  • I will introduce legislation for business development and job creation, such as AB 2932 for our community and California.

Californians need:

  • Tax relief so that more money stays in family budgets rather than in the state budget.
  • Elected leaders who are committed to fostering business development, economic growth, and job creation.
  • To restore local control and authority rather than allowing the state bureaucrats to control our daily lives.

These are just some of the important areas that I am focusing on as your representative. I know trying to bring common sense to the State Capitol is a daunting task, but together – we can do it! Together, let’s make California a better place to live.

It is my privilege and honor to serve the people of the 68th Assembly District. 

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