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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Controller

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Lanhee Chen

Fiscal Advisor/Educator
2,525,984 votes (37.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting Taxpayers From Fraud
  • Holding Sacramento Politicians Accountable
  • Providing True Fiscal Transparency



Profession:Professor and Small business owner
David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Stanford University, Hoover Institute (2015–current)


Harvard University PhD, Political Science (current)
Harvard University MA, Masters of Arts (current)
Harvard University JD, Juris Doctor (current)
Harvard University AB, Government (current)

Community Activities

Advisory Committee Member, The Asian American Foundation (2015–current)
Chairman of the Board and Member of the Compliance and Audit Committee, El Camino Health (2015–current)
Chairman of the Board and Member of the Compliance and Audit Committee, El Camino Health (2015–current)
Chairman of the Board and Member of the Compliance and Audit Committee, El Camino Health (2015–current)
Chairman of the Board and Member of the Compliance and Audit Committee, El Camino Health (2015–current)


With my deep experience in policy making, academia and business, and a strong belief in the values of fiscal responsibility, transparency, and independence, I believe I have the background to successfully serve as California’s next State Controller. After earning four degrees from Harvard University, including a law degree and doctorate in political science, I served in senior roles in both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, working directly on fiscal issues like Social Security and health care. I have been a highly sought-after voice on fiscal policy issues for many years and my commentary has appeared in major newspapers across the country and on television networks in the US and around the world.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $5,146,039

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Employees of Columbia University
Employees of Sutter Hill Ventures
Employees of Whittier Medical Group
Employees of Centaurus Financial

More information about contributions

By State:

California 80.24%
New York 4.40%
Florida 3.10%
Utah 1.64%
Other 10.62%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.44%)
Small contributions (0.56%)

By Type:

From organizations (7.70%)
From individuals (92.30%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My approach is decidedly non-ideological, and pragmatic, while my personal background demonstrates success in working with leaders from all parts of the political spectrum. I have experience leading large teams across multiple sectors. I believe in leading by example, delegating where appropriate, and working closely with experts within and outside of government to ensure we are instituting best practices. I do not believe in silos on the teams I lead, and will foster an inclusive and respectful environment in the State Controller’s office. I lead by example, demonstrate the work ethic I expect of those who work with me, and keep my team organized and on the same page. At the same time, I find the strengths in my team members and give everyone an opportunity to thrive in their individual roles.

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