Friday, November 7, 2008 | 1:00 PM EST - 1:00 PM EST

The National Committee hosted a breakfast meeting with Sun Chao on Friday, November 7, 2008.

Mr. Sun has been first party secretary of the Minhang District for a year. Prior to that he was Xuhui District mayor, a position he held since 2004. He was born and raised in the Xuhui District, the former French Concession with exceptional architecture and a rich cultural history. Sun is a graduate of East China University of Politics and Law with a major in Constitution and Legislature.

After graduating, Mr. Sun began his career as a law teacher at East China University of Politics and Law and later became a professor and director of the university’s Research Center. He was a visiting scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center from August, 1989 to January, 1991, and also traveled extensively in the United States, including as part of a National Committee Scholar Orientation Program. He lectured at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1993, and in 1996 at Sydney Law School, University of Sidney, Australia. During the fall of 2001, Mr. Sun was a visiting professor at the Yale Law School.

Mr. Sun first entered political life in 1998 when he was elected a special executive member of the People’s Congress of Shanghai, focusing on law making and policy advisory.