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SACRAMENTO – The new speaker-designate of the California Assembly, Anthony Rendon, today announced his support of Sukhee Kang, the Democratic candidate for the open 29th Senate District, located at the confluence of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
“I am a strong and proud supporter of Sukhee Kang for state Senate,” Rendon said. “Sukhee has the life story, stature and leadership experience to be a great advocate for the families of this Senate district. With his strong ties to the community and history of successful elections, he’ll be a terrific Democratic candidate.”
“I am very grateful for Speaker-designate Rendon’s endorsement, and for his friendship,” Kang said. “Anthony will be a great speaker of the Assembly, and I look forward to his advice and support in my campaign, since he knows the district well as a graduate of CSU Fullerton. I am proud to have him by my side in this campaign.”
Kang also has earned the endorsement of the leader of the state Senate, President Pro Tem Kevin de León.
Rendon was elected to the Assembly from the 63rd District, in southwest LA County, in 2012, and can serve a total of 12 years in the Assembly, until 2024. He will assume the speakership sometime next year when the Legislature reconvenes. He chairs the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, and was the author of the water bond that voters passed in 2014, Prop. 1. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Rendon led Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, and was interim executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at CSU Fullerton, and served as an adjunct professor at the university from 2001-08.
Kang was a two-term city councilmember in Irvine, as well as a two-term mayor of the city, reelected overwhelmingly in 2010 with more than 64 percent of the vote. He and his wife Joanne, also a South Korean native who immigrated to the U.S. with him in 1977, have been residents of Orange County for 38 years and now live in Fullerton.
Kang announced his candidacy for the open 29th Senate District on April 22, the first Democrat to do so, and has since picked up dozens of endorsements from state and local officials and community leaders throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, including Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León. The district is currently represented by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who cannot run again due to term limits.
Kang has been recognized numerous times for his outstanding public service and community leadership, including receiving the American Diabetes Association’s “Orange County Father of the Year Award” in 2012, the Carnegie Corporation’s “Pride of America” award in 2010, and the International Leadership Foundation’s “Public Servant of the Year” award in 2010. In 2009, Kang was recognized as one of the O.C. Metro’s “Hot 25 Platinum Civic Leaders.”
A veteran, Kang served in the South Korean Army, then graduated from the prestigious Korea University with a degree in agricultural economics, and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dongseo University in Busan, Korea. He also has served a special advisor to the chancellor of UC Irvine, and as an adjunct professor and Chancellor Fellow at Chapman University.
The Kang children, Alan, 34, and Angie, 32, attended public schools in Anaheim, where the Kang family lived for 10 years. Alan, a graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business, is a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Angie, a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), is senior counsel at Hulu.
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