This is an archive of a past election.
See for current information.
State of California November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for John Chiang

Candidate for

This information is provided by the candidate

Elected in November 2006, as the State's independent fiscal watchdog, John Chiang took immediate action to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of public funds and made the State's finances more transparent and accountable to the public.

Chiang has vigorously challenged both the Governor and the Legislature to address the state's serious budget crisis, offering plans to hold the politicians responsible for passing a budget on time and without resorting to Enron-style accounting tricks and excessive borrowing.

Chiang has used his independent auditing powers to eliminate over $2 billion in government waste, fraud and inefficiency -- more than any previous Controller in California history.

He has proposed reforms to the State's public pension systems, drafting legislation to prevent pension spiking and conflicts of interest in investing state pensions.

Chiang's sweeping reforms of the unclaimed property program now ensure that funds and property held by insurance companies, banks and utilities are returned to the proper owners. Chiang has helped Californians recover over $1 billion.

A State Lands Commission member, he has opposed new offshore oil leases and is committed to preserving the State's 1,100 miles of coastline. He successfully opposed the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal off the Coast of Ventura County.

Chiang has long championed financial literacy and works to empower working families, women, seniors, small businesses and non-profit organizations through seminars and free tax preparation assistance.

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Chiang was born in New York and later graduated with honors, holding a degree in Finance from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center

Chiang served on the California Board of Equalization from 1997 to 2006. John Chiang and his wife Terry, reside in Torrance, CA.

Next Page: Political Philosophy

Candidate Page || Feedback to Candidate || This Contest
November 2010 Home (Ballot Lookup) || About Smart Voter

The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.
Created from information supplied by the candidate: October 7, 2010 21:24
Smart Voter   <>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund