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John Chiang


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Date Party Office Votes Result
01-03-1997 Democratic SBOE4 0 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic SBOE4 881724 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic SBOE4 863369 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic Controller 4232313 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic Controller 5325657 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic Treasurer 4176793 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: July 31, 1962 in New York, New York
Married: Terry Chi

1990s: Staff Attorney, Office of Controller Gray Davis
1990s: Staff, Senator Barbara Boxer
Previous: Staff, Congressman Mel Levine
1994: Staff, Don Perata for Controller campaign
1994: Staff, Kathleen Brown for Governor campaign
1995-1997: Chief of Staff, SBOE Member Brad Sherman
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2018: Primary Candidate for Governor (Lost; 9.4%)

  • In June 2011, following Jerry Brown's veto of the 2011-12 State Budget bill, ruled that the Legislature had failed to pass a budget due to a revenue-expenditure imbalance in the vetoed bill. Chiang's interpretation of Proposition 25 (2010) required him to then suspend the pay for all 120 legislators until the passage of a new budget. The lapse in pay lasted for 13 days, the longest the Legislature had gone without being paid since late 1970.

Source: Biography page at State Controller's website ( [Accessed 6/30/2011]
Source: "California legislators' pay restored dating back to Tuesday" by Kevin Yamamura, Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert (6/30/2011)