Assemblymember Van Tran represents the 68th
district, which includes Anaheim, Costa Mesa,
Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Newport Beach,
Stanton, and Westminster.
He is the first American of Vietnamese descent to
be elected to the California State Assembly.
Van Tran was first elected to the Garden Grove
City Council in November 2000, gaining more votes
for city council than any other candidate in
Garden Grove history.
Only the second American of Vietnamese descent to
be elected to public office in the United States,
Van Tran quickly earned a reputation as a prudent
fiscal conservative. Van also gained the
confidence and respect of his fellow council
members who have now twice elected him to serve as
Mayor Pro-Tem. The Orange County Register
recognized him in 2001 as, "a person to watch."
Van Tran is the managing partner of Van Thai Tran
& Associates law firm. Prior to founding his law
firm, Van served as a staff aide to Congressman
Robert K. Dornan and then-State Senator (now
Congressman) Ed Royce. He was the first Vietnamese
American to serve on the personal staff of a
Member of Congress.
Van Tran is Chairman of the Vietnamese Committee
of the Orange County Republican Party. He is also
a member of Congressman Ed Royce’s Asian-Pacific
Congressional Advisory Board, and he serves as
Vice Chairman of the Orange County based "El
Capitan" District of the Boy Scouts of America.
In the 1990's, Van founded the Vietnamese-American
Voters Coalition (VAVOCO), a non-profit
organization that promotes voter education and
At the age of 10, Van Tran emigrated with his
family to the United States from Saigon, Vietnam.
He completed his Bachelors Degree in Political
Science from the University of California, Irvine,
and then went on to earn both a Master's Degree in
Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate from
Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul,