Chang Po-ya

Chang Po-ya
5th President of the Control Yuan
Assumed office
1 August 2014
Deputy Sun Ta-chuan
Preceded by Wang Chien-shien
Chairperson of the Central Election Commission
In office
15 November 2010  31 July 2014
Deputy Liu I-chou
Preceded by Rai Hau-min
Succeeded by Liu I-chou (acting)
Liu I-chou
Chairperson of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union
In office
16 June 2004  14 June 2007
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lin Pin-kuan
Governor of Taiwan Province
In office
20 May 2000  1 February 2002
Preceded by Chao Shou-po
Succeeded by Fan Kuang-chun
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of China
In office
20 May 2000  1 February 2002
Preceded by Huang Chu-wen
Succeeded by Yu Cheng-hsien
Mayor of Chiayi
In office
20 December 1997  22 May 2000
Preceded by Chang Wen-ying
Succeeded by Chen Li-chen
Minister of the Department of Health of the Republic of China
In office
2 June 1990  31 August 1997
Preceded by Shih Chun-jen
Succeeded by Steve Chan
Mayor of Chiayi
In office
15 December 1983  20 December 1989
Preceded by Hsu Shih-hsien
Chiang Ching-lin (acting)
Succeeded by Chang Wen-ying
Personal details
Born 5 October 1942 (1942-10-05) (age 75)
Kagi City, Tainan Prefecture, Taiwan, Empire of Japan (modern-day Chiayi City, Taiwan)
Nationality Taiwan
Political party Non-Partisan Solidarity Union
Alma mater Kaohsiung Medical University
National Taiwan University
Johns Hopkins University
Kyorin University

Chang Po-ya (Chinese: 張博雅; pinyin: Zhāng Bóyǎ) is a Taiwanese politician who is the current President of the Control Yuan and founder of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union,[1] a political party in Taiwan.[2]

Early life

Born in what is now Chiayi City to Hsu Shih-hsien and Chang Chin-tung, both physicians,[3] Chang Po-ya is a medical doctor educated in Kaohsiung Medical College (1968), the Institute of Public Health of National Taiwan University (1970), Johns Hopkins University (1974), and Kyorin University (1994).

Political career

She was the mayor of her home city, serving three terms (1983–89, 1997–2000), the first time succeeding her mother, Hsü; the last time succeeding her sister, Chang Wen-ying (張文英). The Chang daughters and mother are known as the Hsü Family of Chiayi (許家班).

She was the Minister of Health[4] from June 2, 1990 to September 10, 1997 and led the creation of Taiwan's national health insurance system.[5]

Under President Chen Shui-bian, she was the Minister of Interior from May 20, 2000 to February 1, 2002 and also served as Governor of the Taiwan Provincial Government.

On 7 December 2002, came in 4th as an independent candidate in the Kaohsiung City mayoral election.

2002 Kaohsiung City Mayoral Election Result
Party # Candidate Votes Percentage
Independent 1 Shih Ming-teh 8,750 1.13%
Independent 2 Chang Po-ya 13,479 1.75%
Independent 3 Huang Tian-sheng (黃天生) 1,998 0.26%
Kuomintang 4 Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英) 361,546 46.82%
Democratic Progressive Party 5 Frank Hsieh 386,384 50.04%
Total 779,911 100.00%
Voter turnout 71.38%

Personal life

She is married to Chi Chan-nan (紀展南) with a son and a daughter.


  1. Banks, Arthur S.; Muller, Thomas C.; Overstreet, William (2008-04-01). Political Handbook of the World 2008. CQ Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-87289-528-7. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  2. "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)".
  3. Lin, Chieh-yu (5 September 2004). "Chang in spotlight since Chen talk". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. Who's who in Asian and Australasian politics. Bowker-Saur. 1991. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-86291-593-3.
  5. Jou, Ying-cheng (19 April 2000). "Chiayi mayor takes Cabinet post". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
Government offices
Preceded by
Hsu Shih-hsien (mother)
Mayor of Chiayi
Succeeded by
Chang Wen-ying (sister)
Preceded by
Chang Wen-ying (sister)
Mayor of Chiayi
Succeeded by
Chen Li-chen
Preceded by
Wang Chien-shien
President of the Control Yuan
Party political offices
New title Chairperson of the NPSU
Succeeded by
Lin Pin-kuan
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