Madison Nguyen
District 6
Born: Jan. 10, 1975

Born in Vietnam, Madison Nguyen came to the US in the early 1980s and is a San Jose City Councilmember for District 7. She was elected to the council in September 2005. Before joining the council, Nguyen was elected to the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education in 2002, becoming the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to that public office in California.

Nguyen is currently San Jose’s vice mayor, making her one of the highest-ranking elected officials of Vietnamese descent in the United States.

Nguyen received her Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Santa Cruz. She went on to get a Masters Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago. She is currently married with no children.

Nguyen survived a recall election in early 2009, which stemmed from a dispute over what to name an area of businesses in her district.