Retired Judge Tue Phan-Quang, a 71-year-old Republican from Danville, has announced his candidacy for the congressional seat that will open when Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, retires at the end of the year.
Phan-Quang made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting of the Walnut Creek Rotary Club, according to a statement his son, Thong Phan-Quang, sent to this newspaper. Phan-Quang was a guest speaker.
As a Republican candidate in the heavily Democratic 11th Congressional District, Phan-Quang’s chances of success are slim.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, has already entered the race. Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson and former Walnut Creek Councilman Kish Rajan are considering it. And Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, may run.
But the retired judge’s story is an interesting one, as his son tells it in the statement he sent:
Judge Tue is 71 years old, married with 4 sons and 8 grandchildren. He and his wife have been residents of Danville, California since 1995.
Judge Tue immigrated to the United States after the fall of Saigon in April 1975. A trained attorney in Vietnam, he completed his law studies at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a Hearing Officer with the Iowa Department of Job Service for 4 years. He was appointed Assistant Attorney General with the Iowa Department of Justice in 1987.
Judge Tue moved his family to California in 1988. He was a trial attorney with the Immigration & Naturalization Service, District Counsel Office in San Francisco from 1988-1993. From 1993-1995 he was an Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in Sacramento.
He was appointed Immigration Judge In March 1995 in San Francisco where he served until his retirement in December 2012.
My colleague Josh Richman found a video about the retired judge (see below) and text of the judge’s 2012 remarks at a naturalization ceremony in Oakland.