Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, was elected to the State Senate in November 2014. As a State Senator, Dr. Pan proudly represents Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County in the state legislature and is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement. Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at The Effort Oak Park Community Clinic.
In the State Senate, Dr. Pan is authoring legislation to ensure the completion of flood-control projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers, save lives through an increase in the tobacco tax, bring transparency to University of California investments, keep non-profit community clinics open, help college police solve crimes and strengthen community trust and provide local businesses with the tools they need to thrive and create jobs.
As a doctor, an educator and legislator, Dr. Pan has remained steadfast in his focus to build healthier and safer communities. As Director of the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program, Dr. Pan created an innovative training program called “Communities and Health Professionals Together” to build strong neighborhood partnerships and make communities healthier.
Dr. Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future, where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 children in the Sacramento area. He helped create the Sacramento Health Improvement Project, bringing together doctors, hospitals, clinics and community leaders to ensure that all Sacramento County residents have access to primary health care. Dr. Pan also serves on the United Way California Capitol Region Board and served on the BloodSource board and the Sacramento First Five Commission. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.
Elected to the Assembly in 2010, Dr. Pan has built coalitions to bring attention and urgency to issues that Sacramentans care about. He authored legislation that brought California more than $90 million in new federal, public safety funds, including more than $6 million to the Sacramento region. In partnership with the Sacramento City Police and the Sacramento County Sheriff, Dr. Pan established a statewide online database to catch thieves attempting to sell stolen property to pawnshops. He joined with the Consumer Federation of California and the California Alliance of Retired Americans to remove expired medications and baby food from store shelves. And, it was through his partnership with parents that Dr. Pan was able to provide children and communities with much-needed against vaccine-preventable diseases, an issue that he is deeply committed to and has continued to work on as State Senator.
As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, Dr. Pan focused on expanding transparency and oversight of vital government health programs. He also worked to ensure federal health care reforms were implemented effectively and efficiently in California. His is efforts to expand health care built upon legislative hearings he held to address the state’s failed system of dental care coverage for children in Sacramento, as reported by the Sacramento Bee and the Center for Health Reporting.
Dr. Pan and his wife are raising two young sons and run a dental practice where they balance expenses, meet a payroll and understand the challenges of running a small business. Dr. Pan was born and raised around science as his father worked at NASA and his mother in architecture after both emigrated from Taiwan. After graduating from public schools, Dr. Pan earned an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Medical Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University.