CA-45 NEWS: Dr. Lisa Sparks Receives Endorsements from Orange County State Assembly Members Tyler Diep and Phillip Chen

Irvine, CA- Today, Dr. Lisa Sparks announced the endorsements of Orange County State Assembly Members Tyler Diep and Phillip Chen. Sparks, who serves as a Trustee on the Orange County Board of Education, is an internationally known top ranked educator-scholar and the Dean of the School of Communication at Chapman University.

“Dr. Lisa Sparks will bring a unique blend of real-world work experience, principled leadership, and a dedication to public service to Congress,” said State Assemblyman Tyler Diep. “Orange County needs strong representation in Washington, DC who will stand up for us and fight to protect taxpayers and our values, and that’s why I’m supporting Dr. Lisa Sparks for Congress.”

Sparks also received the endorsement of State Assemblyman Phillip Chen who represents California’s 55th district and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s Banking and Finance Committee.

Dr. Lisa Sparks is the inaugural Dean of the School of Communication at Chapman University, which was established in 2016, where she manages and oversees the faculty, curriculum, and budget. Dr. Sparks is also an internationally known top ranked teacher-scholar with more than 150 research publications and twelve published books in the areas of communication, health, and aging with a specialization on intersections of provider-patient interaction and family decision-making as it relates to cancer communication.

In June 2018, Dr. Sparks was elected to serve as the Trustee of the Orange County Board of Education’s 5th district which overlaps 35% of the 45th congressional district. Sparks won her race overwhelmingly and was the top vote-getter earning 56.8% of the vote, with over 80,000 votes, in a field of five candidates.

Dr. Lisa Sparks is wife to Dr. Daniele C. Struppa and mother to their four children with three as students in the Irvine and Tustin public schools spanning 12 years.

California’s 45th congressional district is completely in Orange County and includes the cities and communities of Coto de Caza, Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim and Orange.