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Phil Ting
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded byFiona Ma (redistricted)
Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco
In office
July 15, 2005 – December 3, 2012
Preceded byMabel Teng
Succeeded byCarmen Chu
Personal details
Philip Yu-Li Ting

(1969-02-09) February 9, 1969 (age 53)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susan Sun
Residence(s)San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Harvard Kennedy School (MA)
ProfessionFinancial advisor
Chinese name

Philip Yu-Li Ting (born February 9, 1969) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 19th Assembly District, which encompasses western San Francisco and northwestern San Mateo County. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco.


Ting began his career as a real estate financial adviser at Arthur Andersen and CB Richard Ellis. He also previously served as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, as the president of the Bay Area Assessors Association, and on the board of Equality California.[1]


In 2005, Ting was appointed San Francisco Assessor-Recorder in 2005 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, becoming San Francisco’s highest-ranking Chinese-American official at the time. He was then elected to the post in November 2005, garnering 58 percent of the vote.[2]

As Assessor-Recorder, Ting cleared a five-year assessment backlog, which resulted in the collection of more than $200 million in unpaid property taxes.[3] In February 2012, Ting commissioned the country’s first real study of mortgage fraud that spurred national action,[4] uncovering "widespread mortgage industry irregularity" in San Francisco foreclosures.[5]

Specifically, Ting commissioned an audit of nearly 400 homes in the city that had been foreclosed upon in 2009-2011. The results of the audit, which demonstrated that more than 80% of the sampled foreclosures contained at least one clear legal violation, provided documented support for the state legislature to push for increased oversight of the mortgage industry.[6]

Ting was re-elected Assessor-Recorder in 2006 and 2010.[7]

Mayoral Election

Ting ran in the San Francisco Mayoral election of 2011 but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. Ting set a California record for highest campaign expenditures per vote after spending $500,000 on his 2011 campaign for San Francisco Mayor only to finish in 12th place.[8][9][10] The majority of the money came from the city's public campaign financing system which provided Ting's campaign with over $300,000.[9]

State Assembly

In 2012, he was elected to the California State Assembly, comfortably defeating fellow Democrat Michael Breyer, son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In 2014, Ting announced his support for a $100 million property tax-break for large corporations in San Francisco's Mid-Market District.[11]

A Democrat, Ting represents the state's 19th District, which includes the west side of San Francisco, in addition to Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.[1] Ting is currently Chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget and is first Asian-American to hold the position. He previously served as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.[1]

2012 California State Assembly

See also: 2012 California State Assembly election

California State Assembly election, 2012
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting 38,432 56.4
Democratic Michael Breyer 14,991 22.0
Republican Matthew Del Carlo 11,646 17.1
Democratic James Pan 3,075 4.5
Total votes 68,144 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting 92,858 58.4
Democratic Michael Breyer 66,200 41.6
Total votes 159,058 100.0
Democratic hold

2014 California State Assembly

See also: 2014 California State Assembly election

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 45,103 77.6
Republican Rene Pineda 12,985 22.4
Total votes 58,088 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 81,103 77.0
Republican Rene Pineda 24,170 23.0
Total votes 105,273 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly

See also: 2016 California State Assembly election

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 95,046 83.6
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 18,686 16.4
Democratic Daniel C. Kappler (write-in) 22 0.0
Total votes 113,754 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 150,052 80.1
Republican Carlos "Chuck" Taylor 37,180 19.9
Total votes 187,232 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 California State Assembly

See also: 2018 California State Assembly election

California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 86,304 80.5
Republican Keith Bogdon 16,785 15.7
No party preference David Ernst 4,084 3.8
Total votes 107,173 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 154,705 83.7
Republican Keith Bogdon 30,049 16.3
Total votes 184,754 100.0
Democratic hold

2020 California State Assembly

See also: 2020 California State Assembly election

2020 California's 19th State Assembly district election
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 111,464 82.0
Republican John Mcdonnell 24,530 18.0
Total votes 135,994 100.0
General election
Democratic Phil Ting (incumbent) 175,858 77.6
Republican John Mcdonnell 50,846 22.4
Total votes 226,704 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Ting lives in San Francisco's Sunset District with his wife and their two daughters.[12] His parents are immigrants from Taiwan.[13]

On June 20, 2020, Ting admitted to having a "years-long" affair with Carmel Foster, a domestic worker whom he had met through a dating website. Foster had previously testified before the California State Assembly in favor of AB-5, a bill which Ting supported. Ting later released a statement denying that the affair had any influence on his voting record.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography - Assemblymember Phil Ting Representing the 19th California Assembly District". Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "RCV Assessor Nov 2005 | Department of Elections". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "The State's Only Happy Tax Man - The Bay Citizen". July 14, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2016 – via The Bay Citizen.
  4. ^ Pelosi, Speier Request Justice Department Examination into Possible Violations of Federal Law in San Francisco Foreclosures – Rep. Pelosi. (2012-02-17). Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  5. ^ "Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting Uncovers Widespread Mortgage Industry Irregularity in San Francisco Foreclosures |". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (February 15, 2012). "California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "November 2, 2010 - Consolidated General Election". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Losing San Francisco mayoral candidate spent $510 per vote - The San Diego Union-Tribune". February 28, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "SHOCK: Losing Mayoral Candidate Spent HOW Much per Vote?". HuffPost. February 28, 2012.
  10. ^ "Public financing a major player in mayor's race". November 13, 2011.
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  12. ^ About Phil Ting. Reset San Francisco. Retrieved on 2012-03-23.
  13. ^ Julie Cart (February 20, 2020). "California's Phil Ting tilts at windmills — ban gas-powered cars! — hoping to start a conversation". CalMatters. His parents fled political instability in their native Taiwan, arriving in California and starting a family.
  14. ^ "Assemblyman Phil Ting admits to having an affair, denies influence over legislation". The Mercury News. June 21, 2020. Retrieved June 21, 2020.