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Jay Chen amasses over $200,000 in 24 hours after announcing campaign for Congress

Today, Lieutenant Commander Jay Chen’s campaign announced he has raised more than $200,000 in just 24 hours, following yesterday’s announcement of his campaign to run for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District.

“Lieutenant Commander Jay Chen’s record of putting service over partisan politics is desperately needed in Washington and our campaign which puts the 39th District first, has been met with overwhelming support” said Campaign Manager Lindsay Barnes. “The 39th District is tired of career politicians failing them during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they know Lieutenant Commander Jay Chen will always put this community first.”

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Jay attended Hacienda Heights public schools and earned a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend Harvard University. As President of the Hacienda-La Puente School Board, he created innovative programs, including Mandarin language immersion classes, a culinary arts program, and free SAT tutoring. In the United States Navy Reserves, Lieutenant Commander Chen has served honorably from the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jay led an intelligence team that helped bring justice to the extremist terror group ISIS, and played a key role in the military’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East. Dedicated to his community, Jay serves on several local and national boards, including the Los Angeles County Library Commission, Metro Regional Connector Leadership Council, and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

Jay and his wife Karen live in Hacienda Heights where they are raising their two boys Lincoln and Carver. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin.

This article was released by Jay Chen for Congress.


  1. Just curious as to why Jay Chen didn’t run in 2020? Why he is making noise now, 22 months before the next election? Seems very cowardly to me to announce you are running because the incumbent is doing a lousy job when the incumbent has only been in office for 10 weeks! Imagine starting a new job and after just 10 weeks, someone says you should be replaced. Why don’t we see how Young Kim performs and then decide What kind of job she is doing.

    1. Why run as a Democratic candidate when the incumbent who is running for re-election is in the same party? That is a waste of money unless the person just wants to get their name publicized. Mr. Chen would be running against a cowardly Republican who did not have the courage to impeach a seditious President. Young Kim’s nay vote on impeachment will be the biggest impediment to getting re-elected.

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