John Chiang for Governor

Meet John


First Generation American

I believe every Californian deserves the opportunity to live the American Dream. My parents arrived in this country in the early 1950s dreaming of a better future. They never gave up, and now I’m running for governor to make sure the future my parents were able to provide for me and my siblings becomes a reality for all California families.

The Government Innovator

I’m the only person in California history to hold the state’s three financial offices —as a member on the Board of Equalization, state controller, and state treasurer.

As California’s 33rd state treasurer, I serve as our state’s banker, overseeing trillions of dollars in transactions every year. As treasurer and previously as controller, I launched multiple websites that make it easier for taxpayers to hold state and local government officials accountable.

Recognizing Californians deserve better when they plan and prepare for retirement, I was one of the architects of Secure Choice — a state sponsored retirement plan that will help up to 7.5 million Californians, with almost no cost to the state.

In 2008, when California faced the direst recession since the great depression, my strong leadership, money management, and fiscal responsibility were instrumental in keeping the state’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. By restructuring our state debt to generate $4.2 billion for schools, infrastructure, and public safety, I took our failing state economy and brought it back — making it the 6th largest economy in the world.

The Honest Broker

When Wall Street banks — like Wells Fargo — began ripping off innocent Californians by the millions of dollars, I hit them where it hurt most. I cut Wells Fargo off from their most profitable lines of business with the largest state.

When government officials refused to do their job, I became the enforcer and held them accountable. As controller, I stopped Governor Schwarzenegger when he threatened to cut state workers’ pay as leverage in a budget battle. I refused to implement the illegal order, and was a champion for California’s public servants.

Activist and Civil Servant

Before ever running for office, I was an activist, a civil servant, and involved in philanthropy. I previously served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles for 12 years, the Ethnic Coalition, the Advisory Council for Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Organization of Chinese Americans Los Angeles, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance, then attended Georgetown University for Law School. I began my career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service, and later served as an attorney in the state controller’s office. When I’m not traveling throughout California meeting the millions of constituents I work for, I enjoy spending time with my eight godchildren.


I not only have the vision California needs to move towards a brighter future, but also the thoughtfulness and financial responsibility to achieve it. I have detailed policy platforms that will create more jobs, improve our education system, increase affordable housing, and lower the cost of health care.

As the child of immigrant parents, I understand the difficulties immigrant communities face. I will fight to protect California immigrants from President Trump’s deportation machine.

I believe that we must improve our education system so every student can achieve their dreams. As governor, I will expand universal, quality childcare and pre-k, reduce class sizes, and will make two-years of community college tuition free. I also recently put forward a higher education plan that will ensure Californians are the first priority when it comes to enrollment at public colleges and universities, rolls back tuition and fees for the University of California and California State University systems, and makes it easier for students to refinance their loans.

As treasurer, I have been the state’s leader in working to fund affordable housing, increasing development funded by his office by 80% since 2014. I’m now working to place a roof over the heads of an additional four million low and moderate-income Californians in the next decade

The brave survivors who have come out and declared #MeToo have my complete support. I’m the only candidate to release a plan to end sexual harassment in our state government and change the culture of abuse in Sacramento and throughout California.

I will fight President Trump’s harmful agenda as governor, and am even standing up to the president now: on health care, on climate change, on education, on gun reform, and so much more.

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