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Chuck DeVore

Vice President of Policy
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier conservative state-level public policy think tanks.

From 2004 to 2010, DeVore represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in the coastal Orange County region that includes the cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and others. He was the Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee as well.

DeVore was honored as the Legislator of the Year by seven groups while the Americanism Educational League named him with their American Spirit Award in 2010, a recognition once given to Ronald Reagan.

In 2010, DeVore competed for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California, earning more than 450,000 votes and raising more than $2.6 million.

Chuck worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years. He was a corporate vice president at the time of his election to the Assembly in 2004.

DeVore served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988. As Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs his duties included working with Congress to advance the President's foreign and military policy. He later served on staff for a U.S. Congressman.

From 1991 to 1996, he served as a City Commissioner for the City of Irvine. He was Chairman of the city's Community Services Commission.

In 1983, DeVore enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He earned an ROTC scholarship that allowed him to attend Claremont McKenna College where he graduated with honors with a degree in Strategic Studies in 1985 and was commissioned an officer. He also studied overseas at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After more than 24 years of active reserve service, DeVore retired from the Army National Guard. He is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve.

In 2004, The Claremont Institute named DeVore a Lincoln Fellow.

He and his wife Diane have two daughters and reside in Dripping Springs.

Select Publications

• “The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America”

•  “Texas vs. California: Myth-Busting Time”

•  “State Tax Levels Do Impact Economic Growth”

• “Cap-And-Trade Tosses an Anchor to Drowning California Economy”

• “Our China Challenge” 

Media appearances

• Fox News

• Fox Business Network

• Investors’ Business Daily

• Wall Street Journal

• CNBC

• CNN

• MSNBC