California State Controller
John Chiang is the state controller of California. After taking office in 2007, he won election to a second term in 2010. As controller during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Chiang managed the state's cash to protect payment obligations to schools and bondholders, earning positive recognitions from Standard & Poor's and California Municipal Bond Advisor. He has led efforts to reform the state's public pension systems, helped local governments navigate the recession, protected California's natural resources, returned more than $2 billion in unclaimed property to the rightful owners, and launched financial and tax assistance seminars for California's working families, seniors, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Chiang graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from Georgetown University.