Lieutenant Commander Jay Chen, Democrat running for Congress in California’s 39th District, announced today that Fullerton City Council Member Fred Jung has endorsed his campaign for Congress. Jung is the first Korean American Fullerton City Council Member in over 20 years. Fullerton is the largest city in the 39th Congressional District.
“I am proud to endorse Jay Chen for Congress. Jay knows our diversity and understands the urgency in addressing our needs, such as bringing home federal funding for roads and small businesses,” said Councilmember Fred Jung. ‘As a Fullerton Council member in Congressional District 39th’s largest city, I know Jay will work hard to ensure our families in Fullerton, and neighbors across the district are taken care of.”
“I am thrilled to have earned Councilmember Jung’s support and confidence in my campaign,” said Chen. “In Congress, I look forward to working with strong local partners like Councilmember Jung to make a difference in the everyday lives of people of the 39th Congressional District. The federal government must speed up the delivery of vaccines, help get our schools safely reopened, and provide relief to our small businesses. I will listen closely to partners like Councilmember Jung to deliver for the 39th.”
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.