Chen Changzhi, male, Han nationality, is a native of Xiaogan, Sichuan Province. He was born in 1945. An economics graduate of Sichuan University, he taught in his home province for about 10 years and then after taking postgraduate study at his alma mater, moved by stages up to assistant professor at the university.
During this period he joined the China Democratic National Construction Association, one of China's eight non-Communist parties, and by 1997 had become a member of the standing committee of the China Democratic National Construction Association Central Committee. Chen was deputy secretary-general of the CPPCC Sichuan Provincial Committee for nine years and, in 1998, was named a member of the standing committee of the 9th CPPCC National Committee.
Again moving from provincial to national position, he was deputy director of the Sichuan Provincial Department of Supervision in 1994 and four years later was appointed a vice-minister of Supervision.
He was a Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 11th NPC and in 2013 was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC.