Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on the Passing of San Francisco’s First Asian American Mayor, Ed Lee

December 12, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, who broke a long-standing barrier himself when he was elected as the first Asian American State Senator to represent the Sacramento region, made the following statement on the passing of Ed Lee, a pioneer in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community:


“My deepest sympathies and condolences for the family and friends of Mayor Ed Lee and the people of San Francisco. Our AAPI community has suffered a blow with the loss of Mayor Lee.  As San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor and through his steadfast service, Mayor Lee blazed a trail for the AAPI community.  He will be remembered for his ability to bring people together and build consensus while facing some of the most challenging issues of our day. His leadership will be missed, as he passed too early in life, but his example will continue to inspire present and future leaders in our AAPI community.”



Dr. Richard Pan is a parent, small business owner, former UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents the Sacramento area in the California State Senate. Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at WellSpace Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.