|January 5, 2015-present|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Bill Lockyer (D)|
|Chair, Board of Equalization|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Bachelor's||University of South Florida|
|Date of birth||July 31, 1962|
|Place of birth||New York, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Chiang was the Democratic California Controller from 2007 to 2015. Chiang was first elected to the position of California Controller on November 7, 2006, and won re-election on November 2, 2010. Chiang's second term ends January 5, 2015. Chiang was term-limited from seeking a third term as state controller in the 2014 elections, and instead ran for the office of California Treasurer
A January 2013 article in Governing named Chiang as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.
Before becoming controller, Chiang served on the state Board of Equalization from 1998 to 2006. Previously, he was an attorney in the California controller's office and a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service.
Chiang was born in New York City to Taiwanese immigrants. He holds a B.A. in finance from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University. After graduating from Georgetown, he began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service. He also served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.
- B.A., Finance, University of South Florida
- J.D., Georgetown University
California Treasurer (2015-present)
California Controller (2007-2015)
Chiang was first elected to the state controller's office on November 7, 2006 and was subsequently re-elected on November 2, 2010.
Enforcement of Proposition 25
Chiang announced on June 2, 2011 that unless the state legislature passed a balanced budget by June 15, the deadline specified in the California Constitution, he would start docking their pay. He said, "In passing Proposition 25 last November, voters clearly stated they expect their representatives to make the difficult decisions needed to resolve any budget shortfalls by the mandatory deadline, or be penalized. I will enforce the voters' demand."
On June 22, Chiang announced that he was following through with his promise. Legislators did pass a budget, but according to Chiang, the budget they passed had a $1.85 billion deficit, and was therefore not a legal budget under the state's requirement that its budget must be balanced. Therefore, Chiang said, there was functionally no budget and by the terms of Proposition 25, he was required to stop paying the state's legislators. The impact to individual members of the California State Legislature was about $400/day. In Chiang's statement, he said that parts of the budget the legislature did pass were "miscalculated, miscounted or unfinished."
Mike Gatto, a member of the California State Assembly, was one of several state legislators angered by Chiang's action. Gatto said, "John Chiang just wants to sit there and beat up on the unpopular kids. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense."
The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times had endorsed Proposition 25, but when Chiang announced on June 22 that he was stopping state legislative pay under its terms, the editorial board came out swinging against Chiang's action, referring to "an ill-advised provision" of Proposition 25 as well as to "poorly worded or deceptive measures with unforeseen consequences."
Sued by legislators
On January 24, 2012, Democratic lawmakers sued Chiang for withholding their pay, saying it was a misuse of power. The suit did not ask for reimbursement of the pay, but rather sought to have the court bar the controller from doing it again if legislators approve a budget that they believe is balanced.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D) said the controller does not have the power to say if a budget is sound or not, stating, "Neither the governor nor any member of the executive branch may brandish the threat of withholding legislative pay because they disagree with the decisions made by the legislative branch."
Chiang issued a statement, noting, "While nothing in the Constitution gives me the authority to judge the honesty, legitimacy or viability of a budget, it does clearly restrict my authority to issue pay to legislators when they fail to enact a balanced budget by the constitutional deadline of June 15."
Board of Equalization (1999-2005)
Before becoming state controller, Chiang was elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. The Board of Equalization collects California state sales and use tax, as well as fuel, alcohol, and tobacco taxes and fees that provide revenue for state government and essential funding for counties, cities, and special districts.
Chiang ran successfully for the office of California State Treasurer in the 2014 elections. He secured a spot on the general election ballot in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|California Treasurer, Blanket Primary, 2014|
|Election Results via California Secretary of State.|
|Treasurer of California, 2014|
|Election Results via California Secretary of State.|
Chiang won re-election as Controller in the November 2, 2010 election.
|California Controller (2010)|
|John Chiang (D)||5,325,357||55.2%|
|Tony Strickland (R)||3,487,014||36.1%|
|Andrew Favor (L)||292,441||3.1%|
|Karen Martinez (PAF)||209,638||2.2%|
|Ross Frankel (G)||191,282||1.9%|
|Lawrence Beilz (AIP)||154,145||1.5%|
Comprehensive donor information for Chiang is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Chiang raised a total of $10,536,971 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 16, 2015.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of John Chiang's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|John Chiang's Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$79,817 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||California Democratic Party||$28,728|
|State Building & Construction Trades Council of California||$27,200|
|Peace Officers Research Association of California||$27,200|
|United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals||$27,200|
|California Federation of Teachers||$27,200|
|Institutions||$2,045,534 ($14,697 other)|
|Out-of-state donations||$249,011 ($12,994 unknown)|
In 2010 Chiang collected $2,231,635 in donations.
Listed below are the top five contributors to his campaign.
|California Democratic Party||$61,796|
|California Teachers Association||$25,800|
|California Labor Federation AFL-CIO||$25,800|
|California State Association of Electrical Workers||$25,800|
|Service Employees Local 721||$25,800|
Chiang currently resides in Torrance, California with his wife, Terry Chi.
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- California Controller
- California State Legislature
- California down ballot state executive elections, 2014
- California State Controller, "Chiang's biography," accessed September 24, 2012
- John Chiang for State Treasurer 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 12, 2013
- Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," accessed January 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography" accessed September 26, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "California lawmakers will lose pay if budget isn't passed by June 15, state controller says," June 3, 2011
- Los Angeles Times, "California Legislature to forfeit pay, Chiang says," June 22, 2011
- Los Angeles Times, "Democratic lawmakers sue controller over his withholding of their pay," January 25, 2012
- California State Board of Equalization, "Home," accessed September 24, 2012
- Daily KOS, "Who wants to take Barbara Boxer's seat? An updated list of potential Senate candidates," January 12, 2015
- Los Angeles Times, "Treasurer John Chiang declines Senate run, Willie Brown backs Harris," January 23, 2015
- California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," accessed April 2, 2011
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for John Chiang," accessed February 12, 2015
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- 2010 Chiang Campaign Donors
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