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John Chiang
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Current candidacy
Running for California Treasurer
Date of primaryJune 3, 2014
Current office
California Controller
In office
January 1, 2007 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 8
PredecessorSteve Westly (D)
Chair, Board of Equalization
Base salary$139,189
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2006
Next generalTerm-limited
Campaign $$6,801,222
Term limits2 terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Florida
J.D.Georgetown University
Date of birthJuly 31, 1962
Place of birthNew York, New York
Office website
Campaign website
John Chiang (b. July 31, 1962, in New York, New York) is the California Controller. Chiang, a Democrat, was first elected to the position of California Controller on November 7, 2006 and was subsequently re-elected on November 2, 2010.[1]

Chiang's second term ends January 5, 2015 and he term-limited from seeking re-election as controller 2014. Instead, he ran for the office of California Treasurer.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

A January 2013 article in Governing named Chiang as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in 2013.[3]

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.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Political career

California Controller (2007-Present)

Chiang was first elected to state controller on November 7, 2006 and was subsequently re-elected on November 2, 2010.[4]

Enforcement of Proposition 25

See also: California Proposition 25, Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget (2010)

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."[5]

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."[6]

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."[6]

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".[6]

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."[7]

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."[7]

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.[8]



See also: California down ballot executive elections, 2014

Chiang ran for California State Treasurer in the 2014 elections. [9] He sought nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Chiang won re-election as Controller in the November 2, 2010 election.[10]

California Controller (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png 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%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chiang is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Chiang raised a total of $6,801,222 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[11]

John Chiang's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 California Controller Won $2,231,635
2008 California Controller Not up for election $33,894
2006 California Controller Won $3,045,756
2004 California Equalization Board District 4 Not up for election $740,155
2002 California Equalization Board District 4 Won $406,638
2000 California Equalization Board District 4 Not up for election $61,169
1998 California Equalization Board District 4 Won $281,975
Grand Total Raised $6,801,222


In 2010 Chiang collected $2,231,635 in donations.[12]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
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.[1]

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