Alex Lee (李天明) has called the South Bay home for his entire life. His father is an engineer and mother is a nurse for Valley Medical Center. His family arrived to California when they migrated from Hong Kong. They found a new place to call home in Silicon Valley, welcomed by the bountiful opportunities and a strong Asian community.
Alex grew up in both Milpitas & San José and attended public schools through his whole life starting from Sinnott Elementary onto Milpitas High School. Eventually, his studies would bring him to the University of California, Davis where he studied political science and was elected Student Body President.
While attending public schools, Alex saw the hard work of his teachers and mentors, but also felt the drawbacks of state divestment in public education, especially when class sizes increased and simple school supplies were hard to come by.
This experience inspired Alex through his college career. As UC Davis’ Student Body President, he advocated for lowering tuition, increased student services, and tackled the local housing scarcity and affordability crisis— all while closing the structural deficit of the $13 million budget of the student association.
While at UC Davis, Alex also found time to intern at the district office of former Congressman Mike Honda and several other California state legislators. The experience of working in both policy and people orientated spaces gave Alex a holistic view of the role of government offices. He carried the notion that elected leaders had to hold a strong sense of public policy passion as well as community-orientated services in order to be effective. After graduating from UC Davis, he spent the summer interning for the Sacramento Food Bank and learned about fighting hunger on the frontlines. Alex was soon hired by the office of State Senator Henry Stern where he worked on legislation related to public safety, education, housing, and seniors.
Eventually, Alex moved back to San José feeling a duty to return home to help fix the big issues his community faces. In the Capitol, important policy was always being crafted, but he felt disconnected from everyday residents. Spurred by this call, Alex returned home to the Bay Area as a field representative for Assemblymember Evan Low where he worked with San José residents on issues such as homelessness, transportation, and public safety.
Alex’s unique experience working in the state legislature makes him equipped to serve in the Assembly. He has been an advocate, representative, and legislative advisor, and will be ready from day one to address the growing issues in housing, homelessness, traffic, education, and climate change.