Song Xiuyan, female, Han nationality, is a native of Liaoyang County, Liaoning province. She was born in 1955, joined the CPC in 1978 and studied at the China Youth University for Political Sciences. Subsequently, she studied at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, majoring in economic management. Song held leading positions in Qinghai province, where she served as deputy secretary of the Qinghai Provincial CPC Committee until 2002. She served as acting-governor of the province from 2004-2005 and governor from 2005-2010.
Song Xiuyan was an alternate member of the 15th and 16th CPC Central Committees. She is currently Vice-Chairman, All-China Women's Federation and a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee.