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PRESS RELEASE

Democratic Congressional Candidate Derek Tran Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting Challenge to Mifepristone

Garden Grove - "It is a fundamental right for a woman to control her own body. While the Supreme Court's decision to protect access to mifepristone is welcome, it falls short of providing the full protection doctors need to treat patients safely.” Said Derek Tran. “While MAGA Michelle waging a relentless war on women's rights. She voted against protecting IVF, against the right to contraception, and is against abortion in all cases. This is an all-out assault on our freedoms. We must defeat Michelle Steel in November to ensure that every woman’s right to choose is protected and that doctors can provide comprehensive health care to their patients."

Jun
13
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Michelle Steel Honors Vietnamese Communist Officials

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, Southern California MAGA Congresswoman Michelle Steel is under fire for honoring members of the Vietnamese government with official certificates of recognition. Earlier this week, Steel delivered a speech on the floor of Congress, calling for Vietnam to be labeled a nation of particular concern for its persecution of Buddhist leader Thich Minh Tue. Yet, just a few years ago, Steel publicly honored Ho Xuan Son, the Consulate General of Vietnam, with a certificate of recognition from her position as Orange County Supervisor.

Jun
13
2024

USA TODAY - Ken Tran

How a California Democrat hopes to become Little Saigon's first Vietnamese House member

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – On a cloudy recent holiday morning, as dozens of people who served in the South Vietnamese army mingled after honoring the memories of those who died in the Vietnam War, one veteran called out to his friends to "meet Derek!"

That would be Derek Tran, a micro-celebrity of sorts in Southern California's Vietnamese community who posed for Memorial Day selfies and shook hands with people interested in meeting the Democratic candidate for an Orange County-based U.S. House seat that his party sees as a critical part of its pathway to winning back the majority in November. The area he's running to represent is home to Little Saigon, a district with one of the largest Vietnamese populations outside of Vietnam itself.

Jun
10
2024

POLL Memo

Polling of Voters in California’s 45th Congressional District Finds Democrat Derek Tran Tied with Republican Congresswoman Michelle Steel

A recent Tulchin Research poll among likely November 2024 voters in California's 45th Congressional District reveals a highly competitive race for Congress, with Democrat Derek Tran in a strong position against Republican Congresswoman Michelle Steel.

Jun
6
2024

Press Relese

Primary Results Show Rep. Michelle Steel is Set Up to Lose in 2024

As the 2024 congressional race heats up in California's 45th District, new polling shows Democratic nominee, Army veteran, workers’ rights advocate, and small business owner Derek Tran on track to defeat incumbent Republican Michelle Steel this November.

Jun
5
2024
PRESS RELEASE

The Steels Peddle Access To Trump - Is Michelle Steel’s Silence Surprising?

Steel Family Has A History Of Peddling Access To The Trump Administration To Chinese Communist Officials

Jun
4
2024
PRESS RELEASE

ICYMI: Steel Family Corruption On Full Display At GOP Convention

Wall Street Journal & Orange County Register Report On Michelle Steel’s Spouse & Former Business Partner Shawn Steel Selling Access To Chinese Communist Government Officials

Jun
2
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Kicks Off Pride Month with Endorsements from Equality California & Equality PAC

Opponent Michelle Steel Votes Against LGBTQ+ Hate Crime Funding and Brags About Pulling Her Daughter Out Of School Because Of Gay Influence

Jun
1
2024

PRESS clips

LA Times: Could Orange County help determine the balance of power in Congress?

May
3
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Sends Letter to Los Angeles County Supervisors Protesting the Dedication of April 30 as “Jane Fonda Day”

Tran Stands with Vietnamese Community Against Honoring Actress Jane Fonda on Black April

May
3
2024

PRESS Clips

FOX NEWS: Dems target four competitive House seats to wrestle back majority from GOP

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Mar
28
2024

PRESS clips

LOS ANGELES times: Six California House races that could help determine control of Congress

Apr
26
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

Derek Tran Added To DCCC “Red to Blue” Program

Army Veteran Is Challenging Corrupt MAGA Rep. Michelle Steel In California’s 45th District

Mar
28
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Tran Wins Top Two Primary Finish in CA-45

Army veteran advances to face Michelle Steel in the 2024 General Election

Mar
23
2024

PRESS CLIPS

AP: California's closely watched House primaries offer preview of battle to control Congress

Mar
7
2024
PRESS RELEASE

OC Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento Endorses Derek Tran

Leader Known For Anti-Corruption Work backs Tran to fight against Michelle Steel’s Corrupt Agenda

Feb
13
2024
PRESS RELEASE

VIDEO: Derek Tran Releases New Ad “Service”

Army Veteran & Workers Rights Advocate Releases First Ad For the 2024 Primary in Nationally Targeted Seat

Jan
29
2024
PRESS RELEASE

ASPIRE PAC Endorses Derek Tran

National AAPI Coalition Throws Support Behind Tran

Jan
26
2024
PRESS RELEASE

CA Attorney General Rob Bonta Endorses Derek Tran

AG Bonta’s Endorsement Comes on the Heels of Strong Poll Numbers for Tran.

Jan
17
2024
PRESS RELEASE

ICYMI: New York Times - Michelle Steel Sponsors “Life at Conception Bill” A National Abortion Ban Without Exceptions For Rape, Incest, Or Health Of The Mother

NYT Highlights Michelle Steel’s No Exception Extremism and Democrat Derek Tran’s Pro-Choice Record

Jan
12
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Lt. Commander Jay Chen Endorses Derek Tran In CA-45

Former Democratic Nominee Against Michelle Steel Backs Tran

Jan
8
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Mayor Pro Tem Jessie Lopez Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

Local Leader Names Tran “Candidate… Doing the Real Work”

Jan
3
2024
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Raises Over $500,000 In CA-45

Announcement Comes On Heels Of High Profile Endorsements In CA-45 Battleground District

Dec
19
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Rep. Seth Moulton’s Serve America PAC Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

National Organization Supporting Democrats with Service Oriented Careers Backs Tran

Dec
18
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Tomorrow’s Jobs Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

National Small Business Organization Backs Tran

Dec
7
2023
PRESS RELEASE

New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

Congressional Coalition Representing 98 Members Backs Tran

Dec
7
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Democrats Serve Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

National Democratic PAC Highlights Tran’s Viability and Lifetime Of Service

Dec
4
2023
PRESS RELEASE

VoteVets Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

National Organization Dedicated To Supporting Military Veterans Supports Tran

Dec
1
2023
PRESS RELEASE

New Poll Memo Shows Derek Tran Leading Democratic Field In CA-45

Tran Lead Increases by Double Digits After Likely Primary Voters Are Read Candidate Bios

Nov
29
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Rep. Judy Chu Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair and Democratic Leader Supports Tran

Nov
28
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Rep. Mark Takano Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Supports Derek Tran

Nov
20
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Endorses Derek Tran for CA-45

Chair of the CA Democratic Congressional Delegation Announces Full Support of Derek Tran

Nov
15
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Condemns Genocide in Armenia

Veteran and son of immigrants Derek Tran speaks out against the atrocities in Artsakh

Nov
2
2023
PRESS RELEASE

New Politics Endorses Derek Tran In CA-45

National Organization Dedicated To Electing Military & Service Oriented Military Leaders Backs Tran

Oct
30
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Triples Democratic Field In CA-45 With $300k Raised In Two Weeks

Army Veteran Announced His Congressional Race On October 2nd In AAPI Nationally Targeted District

Oct
15
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran condemns Hamas terrorist attacks

U.S. Army Veteran and CA-45 Congressional Candidate stands with Israel

Oct
7
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

OC Register: Another Democrat is vying to flip Rep. Michelle Steel’s seat in heavily Vietnamese CA-45

"Tran is the son of Vietnamese refugees who fled communist Vietnam by boat in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, arriving in Southern California."

Oct
6
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

BusinessInsider: Some vulnerable Republicans aren't cashing Marjorie Taylor Greene's $2,000 checks

"Steel takes money from MAGA extremists, oil companies, pharmaceutical corporations, and gun manufacturers, and then votes their way," said Tran.

Oct
5
2023
PRESS RELEASE

Derek Tran Announces Campaign For California’s 45th Congressional District

Army Veteran, Consumer Rights Attorney, City Commissioner, and Small Business Owner Launches Campaign In Biden +6% District Against Incumbent MAGA Republican Michelle Steel

Oct
2
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

POLITICO: California Democrat makes cash splash in late entrance to competitive House race

"Derek Tran jumped into one of California’s most competitive House races months later than his fellow Democratic contenders, but his first-day fundraising haul shows he is making up for lost time."

Oct
3
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

Los Angeles Times: Veteran and business owner Derek Tran announces bid to represent CA-45

"Tran, an attorney at the Tran Firm and owner of True Care Pharmacy in Anaheim with his wife, Michelle, is now one of five hopefuls running against incumbent Rep. Michelle Steel..."

Oct
2
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

DailyKos: A lot of new House candidates launched their bids. GOP leaders aren't happy about one

"Tran's background of military service and as the son of Vietnamese refugees could also be an asset against Steel..."

Oct
2
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

Huffington Post: Democrat Derek Tran Announces Bid For Key California House Seat

"Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) is a top target for Democrats hoping to retake the House."

Oct
2
2023

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