Republican Assembly Candidate Long Pham helped Governor Pete Wilson make that happen.
(Fountain Valley, CA) – Nationally renowned nuclear engineer and self-made Republican businessman Long Pham helped former Governor Pete Wilson accomplish what most Republican candidates can only dream of – actually eliminating anti-business regulations from California’s business code.
In 1996, Dr. Pham was appointed by Governor Wilson to the Regulatory Reform Roundtable Task Force. Long’s team enabled the Governor to repeal 3,900 outdated regulations and simplify over 1,700 more; as documented in Executive Order W-144-97.
“We looked at everything and were able to streamline substantial sections of California’s regulatory code,” said Long Pham. “That’s what we need now in California. In the Assembly, I will fight to freeze all pending job-killing regulations, and I will work to repeal those that have been put in place over the last two decades. It can happen. I know because I was part of the team that actually made real gains for California business back in 1996. I will work to make that happen again.”
Long Pham is well known in Orange County circles, where in 2008 he handily won a district-wide election to the Orange County Board of Education.
Coming to America shortly after the Vietnam War, Long Pham worked his way through Penn State University earning an engineering degree. He then moved his family to Southern California where he joined Bechtel Corporation as part of their nuclear power plant design team. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Long Pham was hired by Rockwell International to create the pressure vessel certification program that improved safety for NASA. Following the success of that project, Dr. Pham joined Southern California Edison (SCE) as a nuclear engineer.
In 2000, Long was elected nationwide (by over 125,000 engineers) as Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) where he was a key player in fighting for and passing the federal higher education tax credit. He still serves ASME today as an advisor on education and business regulatory issues.
Dr. Pham is a prominent leader in the Orange County Vietnamese community. In 1995, Long joined with Van Tran to form the Vietnamese American Voters Coalition, an organization dedicated to educating and engaging Vietnamese Americans in the political process. He also was a founder of the Vietnamese Affinity Group at Southern California Edison that recently helped raise $50,000 to purchase 900 new wheelchairs for the disabled.
Long has spent much of his spare time volunteering at inner-city schools teaching math and science to disadvantaged kids and has been honored by CSU-Fullerton and by the County of Orange for his volunteer work in the community.
Long and Mary Pham have been married for 36 years and have four grown children, including his son who joined the U.S. Air Force in 2006 and a daughter who joined the Navy in 2011. They make their home in Fountain Valley.