Su Hongzhang
Secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Liaoning
In office
October 2011 – April 6, 2016
Preceded byLi Feng (李峰)
Succeeded byLi Wenzhang (李文章)
Personal details
BornMay 1959 (age 64)
Shenyang, Liaoning
Political partyCommunist Party of China (expelled)
Alma materLiaoning University

Su Hongzhang (Chinese: 苏宏章; born May 1959) is a former Chinese politician, and Secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Liaoning Province. He was dismissed from his position in April 2016 for investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Early life and education

Su Hongzhang was born in Shenyang, Liaoning. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1985 and graduated from Liaoning University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1983.


In 1995, Su served as deputy governor of Heishan County and deputy head of the CPC Propaganda Department of Liaoning. In 2000 he became the Deputy Party Secretary of Fushun and moved to the post of the deputy party chief of Shenyang in 2007. Su was promoted to head the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Liaoning in October 2011, and a member of the provincial party standing committee, a part of the province's highest echelon of power.[1]


On April 6, 2016, Su Hongzhang was placed under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party's internal disciplinary body, for "serious violations of regulations".[1] Su was the first provincial-level Zhengfawei chief to fall under the axe of the anti-corruption campaign under Xi Jinping.[2]

The investigation against Su was opened shortly after the downfall of the one-time party chief of Liaoning, Wang Min. Chinese media reported that Su had given gold-plated materials to his superiors as a bribe in order to be promoted. It was considered highly unusual that he was elevated directly from the Shenyang deputy party chief position to a provincial party standing committee position overnight. The conjecture of events led the media to report that in all likelihood the "superior" Su had bribed was Wang Min.[3]

Su was expelled from the Communist Party on July 25, 2016. He was said to have bribed people during the "democratic consultation process" and internal party election, interfered in specific judicial cases, taken bribes in exchange for promotions, and conducted illicit "money-for-sex transactions".[4]

On May 19, 2017, Su was sentenced on 14 years in prison for taking bribes worth 19.96 million yuan (~$2.93 million) and giving bribes worth 1.1 million yuan (~$0.16 million) by the Intermediate People's Court in Harbin.


  1. ^ a b "辽宁省委常委、政法委书记苏宏章接受组织调查". CCDI. 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ "苏宏章成十八大后首个被查省级政法委书记". 新浪网. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ "辽宁原政法委书记苏宏章被曝大额黄金制品行贿上级". 中国经营报. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ "辽宁省委原常委、政法委原书记苏宏章严重违纪被开除党籍和公职". CCDI. Retrieved 2016-07-25.