Updated on February 13, 2021
In a second letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, CAPA21 reiterated its support for the appointment of an Asian Asian Pacific Islander as California’s next Attorney General and endorsed Goodwin Liu and Rob Bonta for the position. The text of our letter is below and a PDF is available.
February 13, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Newsom:
RE: Urging the Appointment of an Asian American Pacific Islander as Attorney General
The AAPI political action committee CAPA21 again urges you to appoint an Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) as California’s next Attorney General and requests your strong consideration of Assemblymember Rob Bonta or Associate Justice Goodwin Liu for the position.
On December 15, 2020, we wrote you urging your appointment of AAPIs to the vacant or prospectively vacant positions of U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. We commend your appointments of Alex Padilla as U.S. Senator and Dr. Shirley Weber as Secretary of State. These historic choices recognized not only the immense talents and qualifications of Senator Padilla and Secretary Weber, but also acknowledged the importance of the Latino and Black communities to California and our collective future.
Your appointment of either Goodwin Liu or Rob Bonta as Attorney General of California will fill the role with a qualified public official and demonstrate that AAPIs are an integral part of the Golden State.
Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Nominated by Governor Jerry Brown, Justice Liu was sworn into office in 2011 and retained by the electorate in 2014. Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law. His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and diversity in the legal profession. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a master’s degree in philosophy and physiology. Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998 and went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term.
We attach a list of endorsements of Justice Liu.
Rob Bonta is a member of the California State Assembly from the 18th District. He graduated from Yale College, studied at Oxford University, and graduated from Yale Law School, after which he clerked for Judge Alvin Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He has nearly 15 years of litigation experience in both the public and private sector, including as Deputy City Attorney of San Francisco. In 2012, Bonta became the first Filipino American to serve in the State Legislature and has been distinguished by authoring groundbreaking legislation to protect Californians in the areas of criminal justice reform, consumer protection, environmental policy, and many other areas. From his early childhood, Bonta was exposed to the farmworker labor movement where his parents worked as farmworker organizers. His life has been shaped by service, integrity, and social justice.
We attach a list of endorsements of Assemblymember Bonta.
The CAPA21 political action committee is descended from the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, founded in 1988 as one of the country’s first AAPI political action organizations. The original CAPA was a pioneering organization in the AAPI community during a time when we had few AAPIs in elected office, both in California and at the national level. We started the next-generation CAPA21 in 2014 to help shape a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered.
It is from this legacy of advancing our AAPI communities that we urge your appointment of either Rob Bonta or Goodwin Liu as Attorney General of California.
Glen S. Fukushima, Chair
Dale Minami, President
Original post on December 15, 2020
In a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, CAPA21 endorsed the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus’s request that the Governor appoint an Asian Pacific Islander as California’s next Attorney General. The text of our letter is below.
Dear Governor Newsom:
The AAPI political action committee CAPA21 endorses and supports the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus’s request that you appoint an Asian Pacific Islander as California’s next Attorney General, including but not limited to the following outstanding individuals:
Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Assemblymember David Chiu
Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Congressman Ted Lieu
CAPA21 also endorses the API Legislative Caucus’s support for Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, or Mayor Robert Garcia to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by VP-elect Kamala Harris.
Should a vacancy be created in the Secretary of State office, CAPA21 requests you appoint Evan Low to the position. Evan’s skills and experience make him exceptionally qualified to lead the department making government more transparent and accessible to the people in the areas of elections, business, political campaigning, legislative advocacy, and historical treasures.
Evan has been a trailblazer and an effective legislator tackling some of the greatest challenges facing California. He made history by becoming the first Asian American, openly gay, and one of the youngest people ever elected to Campbell’s City Council. He made history again when he was elected as Mayor of Campbell and became the youngest Asian American Mayor in the country. In 2014, when he was elected to represent California’s 28th Assembly district, he became the youngest Asian American legislator to be elected to the Assembly in state history.
Evan has been a leader on a diverse range of issues including job creation, affordability, environmental protection, marriage equality and civil rights, transparency in government, and fiscal reform. He is a leader in the Assembly, serving as the Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, co-chair of the Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus, chair of the Business and Professions Committee, and a Parliamentarian of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.
The CAPA21 political action committee is descended from the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, founded in 1988 as one of the country’s first AAPI political action organizations. The original CAPA was a pioneering organization in the AAPI community during a time when we had so few AAPIs in elected office, both in California and at the national level. We started the next-generation CAPA21 in 2014 to help shape a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered.
It is from this legacy of advancing our AAPI communities that we urge your appointment of AAPIs to state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, and U.S. Senator from California.
Glen S. Fukushima