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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 27

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Madison Nguyen

College Instructor
63,048 votes (46.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work for universal pre-K, stronger primary schools and more accessibility and affordability in higher education, which includes advocating for a new University of California at San Jose (UC San Jose)
  • Create new jobs and higher wages at every level, expand job training opportunities and cut red tape for small businesses
  • Expand the pool of affordable housing so middle class and working families can afford to stay in their homes



Educator, De Anza College (2015–current)
City Council member including four years as Vice Mayor, San Jose City Council — Elected position (2005–2014)
School Board Member, Franklin-McKinley Board of Education — Elected position (2002–2005)


University of Chicago M.A., Social Science (1999)
University of California, Santa Cruz B.A., History (1997)

Community Activities

Advisory Board Member, KQED Community Advisory Board (2015–current)
Member, National Association of Asian American Professionals (2015–current)
Lifetime Member, International Key Society (2011–current)
Advisory Board Member, Vietnamese American Professional Women Association of Silicon Valley (2007–current)
Senior Fellow, Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (2007–current)


Madison Nguyen, former San Jose Vice Mayor and San Jose City Council member, is a candidate for California Assembly in California’s 27th to continue to her fifteen-year advocacy for a better San Jose.

Madison Nguyen was born in Vietnam and escaped with her family in a fishing boat when she was just four years old. She lived in various refugee camps in the Philippines before immigrating to America. Growing up, her parents instilled in her the value of hard work and the importance of education. As a teenager she worked alongside her parents in the fields of the Central Valley to help support her family and later obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Chicago. She published her first book, “Vietnam to America: My Journey of Dreams” in 2012.

Nguyen became a civic leader at the grassroots level, working to register voters and increase voter participation. She ran for, and won, a seat on the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education and taught at community colleges to help others advance their education.

Later Nguyen was elected to the San Jose City Council for District 7 where she worked to create more economic opportunities and good-paying jobs, improve transportation, strengthen public safety and promote the development of affordable housing. Nguyen served on the San Jose City Council from 2005 to 2014 including four years as Vice Mayor.

If elected to AD27, Nguyen would represent San Jose as the first Vietnamese American female elected official in the California State Assembly.

Madison Nguyen, her husband and her daughter, reside in San Jose.

Read more about the work Madison Nguyen has done on behalf of our community here.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,159,519

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

California Association of Realtors
Employees of Sutter Hill Ventures
Safe Trans Transportation and employees
Akimax and employees
Employees of Pisces Inc

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.95%
New York 0.81%
District of Columbia 0.74%
Connecticut 0.72%
Other 2.77%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (35.99%)
From individuals (64.01%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I know what opportunity means – how it can lift up more families, like it helped lift up mine. My parents taught me long ago not to be afraid of hard work. It's a lesson that I learned in the fields of the Central Valley where I worked side-by-side with my mother and father to help provide for our family. It's a lesson I remembered every day I served our community.

I know what it means to work hard for your family and community. At the same time, I know that we need to promote policies that open doors by strengthening our education system for all students, boosting middle class jobs for working families and reaffirming our commitment to address the housing crisis in San Jose.

I'm running for the State Assembly because I want to keep working hard for this great city and because I want my daughter, Olivia, and every child to have every opportunity to succeed.

District 27 faces a number of challenges – we need better-paying jobs, stronger schools, more transportation options, more affordable housing and safer streets. I’m proud of the work I did on the City Council to address these needs but I know from that experience that we need the support of our leaders in Sacramento, as well.

I’m committed to being a voice for every member of our community – from the newly arrived immigrant to the lifelong resident. From the young person just starting out to the new mom and dad. From our children to our seniors. I’ve listened to them, I’ve worked beside them, and I will always be there for them. I know that good opportunities have allowed me to get to where I am today – I want to make sure others have those same opportunities as well.

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— May 4, 2016 Madison Nguyen for California State Assembly 2016

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