About

About Steven Choi

Dr. Choi is an immigrant who came to America with $50 in his pocket and washed dishes to put himself through school and earn a Ph.D.

A passionate and experienced educator, Dr. Choi has taught at USC, UCI, California State University, Los Angeles, Saddleback College, as well as Coastline Community College.

Steven contributed to Orange County’s education as the founder and director of highly academically successful Dr. Choi’s Academy. For more than a dozen years, the Academy focused on providing tutoring and academic enrichment programs for students. He and his wife, Janie, still run two Irvine Math and Reading Centers for pre-school through 12th grade.

Serving on the Irvine Unified School District board, Steven oversaw some of the best performing schools in the nation.

While serving on the Irvine City Council and as that city’s mayor, Dr. Choi oversaw the safest big city in the country, used audits to ferret out waste and corruption and started initiatives to create more good-paying jobs.

In the Assembly, Dr. Choi has led efforts to improve the quality of Orange County Schools, protect Proposition 13 and keep taxes down, tackle the homeless problem, and reduce the cost of health care.

As a husband and father, Dr. Choi raised his family in Orange County, and his children graduated from our public schools here.

Steven and his wife Janie have lived in Irvine since 1993, where they raised their children Daniel, now an anesthesiologist, and Michelle, an attorney.