Lanhee Chen


Mountain View resident Lanhee Chen, chairman of the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors, last week declared his intent to run for state controller in 2022. The controller’s office oversees disbursements of public funds, offering fiscal guidance to local governments and uncovering fraud and abuse.

Chen, 42, a Republican, is a Hoover Institution fellow who teaches at Stanford University. He has served in advisory roles for former President George W. Bush and senators Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio.

“I’m excited to announce my campaign for CA State Controller,” Chen said on Twitter. “We need a fighter as controller who will be a check on the one-party monopoly in Sacramento, expose fraud and waste in government, and ensure we can account for every penny our state spends.”

Chen was reappointed to the hospital board for a three-year term from July 1 to June 30, 2024, and elected chairman of the hospital board for a one-year term from July 1 to June 30, 2022. The hospital board, overseeing day-to-day operations, includes five elected El Camino Healthcare District directors and five appointed directors.