|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 28th district
December 1, 2014
|Mayor of Campbell|
December 2010 - December 1, 2014
|Born||June 5, 1983|
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Education||De Anza College (AA)|
San Jose State University (BA)
Evan Low (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (born June 5, 1983) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 28th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of the Northern CA South Bay and Silicon Valley. He is a member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus (and served as chair from 2017 to 2018), and the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
Low was born in San Jose, California on June 5, 1983 to Chinese American optometrist Arthur Low. Low grew up in San Jose, California and attended Leland High School. In 2003, Low moved to Campbell, California.
Low earned an associate's degree from De Anza College, a community college in Cupertino, California, and a bachelor's degree in political science from San Jose State University. In 2008, Low completed a three-week-long certificate program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government as a David Bohnett LGBTQ Victory Institute Leadership Fellow.
In 2004, Low unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the City Council, but he ran again in 2006 and won in his second attempt. Low worked as a senior district representative for California's former 28th State Assembly district Assemblymember Paul Fong.
When his colleagues selected him to become Campbell mayor in 2009, Low became the youngest openly gay, Asian American Mayor in the nation.
In 2013, his colleagues on the Campbell City Council selected him to serve as Mayor for a second time. His term on the council expired in 2014.
Low chairs the California Assembly Business and Professions Committee.
Low is a co-founder and co-chair of the California Legislative Tech Caucus, a bi-partisan group of Assemblymembers and Senators engaged in a statewide effort to ensure that California remains the global leader in technology and innovation. The Caucus is committed to learning about, protecting and promoting California's technology and innovation sector. The Caucus seeks to foster and promote technology and innovation, support legislation that creates jobs, improve the use of technology to improve the lives of people, promote the technology and innovation climate in California, and engage on emerging policy issues.." There are 24 members of the Tech Caucus.
In 2016, Low introduced AB 1887 that would ban all California state-funded travel to states that enacted laws to discriminate against individuals based upon sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, that was supported by U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
He has been a leader in the state legislature with numerous bills signed. In the 2017-2018 session, the The Sacramento Bee identified Low as California's most prolific lawmaker, where he had the most bills signed by any member of the state legislature by Governor Jerry Brown. He has also been credited with driving the future of Uber and Lyft in the California State Legislature.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recognized him for advancing the technology and innovation economy in the state of California.
In 2019, Low introduced AB-57, which would allow candidates with birth names in character-based languages--such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean--to use those names in voter requested translated ballots. Previously, candidates such as Fiona Ma have had transliterated versions names of their name (e.g. Fei O Na Ma) appear on translated ballots. The bill also required candidates without character based birth names to phonetically translate their names on translated ballots, unless they prove that they are known under a different name within the target community. AB-57 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in July 2019 and went into effect in 2020.
|Democratic||Evan Low (incumbent)||83,038||71.5|
|Democratic||Evan Low (incumbent)||136,547||70.0|
|Democratic||Evan Low (incumbent)||77,011||70.8|
|Republican||Michael L. Snyder||31,776||29.2|
|Democratic||Evan Low (incumbent)||130,815||71.1|
|Republican||Michael L. Snyder||53,195||28.9|
|Democratic||Evan Low (incumbent)||67,678||69.5%|
|Republican||Carlos Rafael Cruz||24,462||25.1%|
|No party preference||Sam Ross||5,262||5.4%|
Assemblymember Low has been named "Legislator of the Year" by the Internet Association, TechNet, The Computing Technology Industry Association, California Faculty Association, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, California District Attorneys Association and Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.
... following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Art Low, a former Campbell Chamber of Commerce President and the 1994 Citizen of the Year.
[Low] wanted to become a teacher, while his father Arthur wanted him to take over his optometry business.
Low said he was rejected from every major college he applied.