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|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 19th district
December 3, 2012
|Fiona Ma (redistricted)|
|Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco|
July 15, 2005 - December 3, 2012
February 9, 1969 |
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley (BA)
Harvard University (MA)
Philip Y. Ting (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (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 northern San Mateo County.
Ting is best known for setting 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.  Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, he was the Assessor-Recorder of San Francisco.
Phil 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.
As Assessor-Recorder, Ting cleared a five-year assessment backlog, which resulted in the collection of more than $200 million in unpaid property taxes.
In February 2012, Ting commissioned the country's first real study of mortgage fraud that spurred national action, uncovering "widespread mortgage industry irregularity" in San Francisco foreclosures.
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.
Ting ran in the San Francisco Mayoral election of 2011 but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Ed Lee. Ting's mayoral campaign set a California record for spending the highest campaign expenditures per vote. Ting finished 12th and received only 1013 votes but spent over $500,000 in the process. The majority of the money came from San Francisco taxpayers under the city's public campaign financing scheme which gave Ting over $300,000 in his losing bid. The following year, in 2012, he was elected to the California State Assembly.
In 2014, Ting announced his support for a $100 million property tax-break for large corporations in San Francisco's Mid-Market District. Just a few months later, he used his position as Chairman of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee to deny a vote on a popular tax-break for veterans organizations despite it costing only a few hundred thousand dollars. The tax-break was killed due to Ting's actions drawing the anger of veteran organizations.
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.
|California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Phil Ting (incumbent)||45,103||77.6|
|Democratic||Phil Ting (incumbent)||81,103||77.0|
|California's 19th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|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|
|Republican||Carlos "Chuck" Taylor|
|Democratic||Phil Ting (incumbent)|