California State Assembly, 2001-2006
Scope and Content
Title: Wilma Chan Papers
Collection number: LP459
Wilma Chan, California Legislator
13.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: Wilma Chan was elected to the California State Assembly in 2000 and served until 2006. The Wilma Chan Papers consists of
13.5 cubic feet of textual records reflecting Chan's legislative activity during her time as member of the California State
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication
is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
[Identification of item], Wilma Chan Papers, LP459:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of
State, Sacramento, California.
Acquisition and Custodial History
The California State Archives acquired the Wilma Chan Papers following her final term in the State Legislature.
Wilma Chan, Democrat, served in the State Assembly from 2001 to 2006. Chan represented the 16th Assembly District, which included
Oakland, Piedmont, and Alameda in Alameda County.
Chan was born on October 5, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Wellesley College where she was awarded a Bachelor
of Arts degree in history. She earned her Master of Arts degree in education policy from Stanford University. Wilma Chan is
married to Carl Zeff, a public school teacher. Chan has two children from her marriage: a daughter, Jennifer and son, Daren.
Prior to her work in the Assembly, Chan was program coordinator for Effective Parenting Information for Children. Chan was
elected as the first Asian American to serve on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 1994 and remained in this position
until 2000. She also served on the Oakland Board of Education, 1990-1994, prior to her election to the California State Assembly.
Wilma Chan was elected to the State Assembly in 2000. Chan's legislative interests focused predominately on: children’s issues,
health care, jobs, trade, and education. Legislation introduced by Chan included a ban on toxic flame retardants, a $100 million
dollar expansion of State Preschool programs, and legislation protecting uninsured children. She served as Assembly Majority
Whip from 2001-2002. Chan is the first woman and first Asian American Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, 2002-2004.
Chan termed out of her Assembly seat in 2006.
After her time in the Assembly, Chan acted as the Legislator in Residence at UC Berkley where she taught political science
for two years, 2006-2007. She ran an unsuccessful campaign against Loni Hancock for California State Senate, District 9 in
2008. Chan served four years on the California Medical Assistance Commission working on hospital care for Medical patients.
She also completed a stint as Vice President for Policy at Children Now, a child advocacy organization based out of Oakland.
Wilma Chan was re-elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 2010.
Chan received numerous awards during her tenure in public service. These awards include: Person of the Year: World Journal,
Legislator of the Year: Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, and Rising Star Award: CA League of Conservation Voters.
According to the
California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks) and the
Assembly Final History, Chan served on the following committees:
California State Assembly, 2001-2006
- Aging and Long Term Care, 2001-2002
- Banking and Finance, 2001-2002
- Budget, 2001-2006
- Governmental Organization, 2001-2002
- Health, 2001-2006
- *Chair, 2005-2006
- Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, 2001-2004
- Labor and Employment, 2003-2006
- Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security, 2001-2004
- Transportation, 2003-2006
- Air and Water Quality, 2001-2004
- Airports and the Airline Industry, 2003-2004
- Asian Trade, 2001-2004
- *Chair, 2001-2004
- California's Children’s School Readiness and Health, 2001-2006
- *Chair, 2001-2006
- California’s Foreign Trade Offices, 2003-2004
- California-Mexico Affairs, 2001-2002
- California Ports, 2003-2004
- Cancer Detection, Prevention and Research, 2003-2004
- Childhood Obesity and Related Diabetes, 2003-2004
- Community Colleges, 2005-2006
- Environmental Justice, 2003-2004
- Equal Access to Preschool, 2003-2004
- Future of California's Health, 2003-2004
- Foster Care, 2005-2006
- Gang Violence and Juvenile Crimes, 2003-2004
- Language and Access to the Government, 2001-2004
- *Co-Chair, 2001-2004
- Los Angeles Health Care Crisis, 2005-2006
- Olmstead Implementation, 2005-2006
- Ports, 2005-2006
- Urban Revitalization, 2001-2002
- Education Finance, No. 2 (Budget), 2001-2006
- International Trade (Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy), 2001-2002
- Develop a Master Plan to End Poverty in California, 2003-2004
- Legislative Audit, 2003-2004
- *Co-Chair, 2003-2004
Scope and Content
The Wilma Chan papers consist of 13.5 cubic feet of textual records reflecting Chan's legislative activity during her time
as member of the California State Assembly. The collection is organized into one record series: Bill Files, 2001-2006.
The bills introduced by Wilma Chan address a wide array of subjects. Bill files are particularly useful for researchers interested
in children's health, nutrition, and fitness programs; Medi-Cal; substance abuse; and pesticide regulation. Wilma Chan authored
bills concerning children's education, environmental issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), mental
health assistance, elder care, school safety, and planning and development.
No further accruals are expected.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Education, Elementary - California
Mental health laws - California