Chuck DeVore is the vice president of national initiatives at the Foundation. He writes about the economy and how energy, tax and regulatory policies influence general prosperity, and he frequently appears on Fox News. He also guides the Foundation’s growing national work in criminal justice reform. He authored the book The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America.

For six years, until he termed out in 2010, DeVore represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly where he was vice chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation as well as a member of the Budget Committee. DeVore was a senior assistant to a U.S. Congressman from 1988 to 1990, and in the Reagan-era Pentagon, DeVore was a special assistant for foreign affairs.

Prior to his election, DeVore was an executive in the aerospace industry for 13 years analyzing technology and corporate capabilities and working in business development.

DeVore is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve, having served in both the National Guard and the Reserves.

DeVore is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College’s Command and General Staff Officer Course. He obtained his B.A. cum laude in strategic studies from Claremont McKenna College. He studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

DeVore has been married since 1988 to Diane. They have two daughters.