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Controller Chiang hospitalized in Texas

December 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
State Controller John Chiang is undergoing tests at a Texas hospital after experiencing chest pains while visiting family for the holidays.Spokeswoman Hallye Jordan says John Chiang checked himself into Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth on Friday and is resting comfortably.

She says she is not aware that the 46-year-old controller has any past medical problems.

Chiang, a Democrat, serves as California's chief fiscal watchdog and has said the state will run out of money in February unless the governor and lawmakers act.

Earlier this year, he challenged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to reduce state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage. That battle is still being fought in state court.

According to his biography, Chiang has a law degree from Georgetown University and began his career as a tax law specialist with the IRS.


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