Chuck DeVore

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Chuck DeVore
Chuck DeVore by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Chuck DeVore speaking at CPAC
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 70th district
In office
December 6, 2004 – November 30, 2010
Preceded byJohn Campbell
Succeeded byDon Wagner
Personal details
Born (1962-05-20) May 20, 1962 (age 61)
Seattle, Washington
Political partyRepublican
SpouseDiane DeVore
ChildrenTwo daughters
Alma materClaremont McKenna College
OccupationAerospace Executive
WebsiteChuck DeVore
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceU.S. Army Reserve, California Army National Guard[1]
Years of service1983–2007
RankArmy-USA-OF-04.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Unit40th Infantry Division (Mechanized)

Charles S. "Chuck" DeVore (born May 20, 1962) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010 when he lived in Irvine[1] and represented the 70th District, which includes portions of Orange County. DeVore was Vice Chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee as well as Vice Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. He also served on the Budget Committee and was a member of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. After losing a 2010 bid for Republican nomination for the United States Senate, in 2011 DeVore moved to Texas to work for the Texas Public Policy Foundation where he is now Vice President for National Initiatives.


DeVore earned a full Army ROTC scholarship that allowed him to obtain a bachelor's degree in Strategic Studies (cum laude) in 1985 from Claremont McKenna College.[1] He was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.[2] He studied abroad at American University in Cairo, Egypt. He's a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff Officer Course.

Early life[edit]

DeVore, speaking to a meeting of the Fremont Tea Party Patriots.

DeVore served as Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs during the Reagan administration from 1986 to 1988.[1] In 1992, his national guard unit was activated during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.[3] He later worked as Vice President of Communications and Research for Irvine-based aerospace company SM&A from 1991 to 2004.[1]

Bills and domestic policy positions[edit]

DeVore resigned his position as Chief Republican Whip in February 2009 in protest of a $12 billion per year tax increase agreed to by Republican leadership.[4] While a California lawmaker, DeVore favored offshore oil drilling along the California coast as well as the development of modern nuclear power plants. He opposed the federal stimulus package in 2009. He is pro-life.[1] DeVore signed the official ballot argument against California's High Speed Railbond act in the November 4, 2008 election.[5]

Foreign policy positions[edit]

DeVore has voiced reluctance to commit the U.S. military to open-ended nation building efforts. He criticized President Obama's 2009 plan for Afghanistan, saying, "(The) piecemeal buildup will not defeat the Taliban..." and "...such a strategy expends resources now sorely needed to rebuild our military and retool it for future challenges from a rapidly modernizing People's Republic of China to a revanchist Islamic Republic of Iran."[6] He appeared on Fox Business News to warn about the Libyan intervention.[7]

2010 United States Senate bid[edit]

DeVore during his U.S. Senate campaign

DeVore declared his candidacy for the 2010 Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by three-term Democratic senator Barbara Boxer.[8] In the Republican primary on June 8, DeVore finished third out of five candidates with 19.3% of the vote with Carly Fiorina winning the Republican nomination. DeVore raised $2.6 million for his primary effort.[9]

DeVore's campaign was sued for copyright infringement by musician Don Henley for use by the campaign of two parodies of two songs by Henley, "After the Hope of November is Gone" (after "The Boys of Summer") and "All She Wants to Do is Tax" (after "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"). Henley eventually prevailed;[10][11][12] Devore and a campaign worker issued a public statement apologizing to Henley.[13]

Life since 2010[edit]

DeVore moved to Texas in late 2011 to accept a job as a visiting scholar at the nonprofit Texas Public Policy Foundation writing about Texas's low taxes and regulations and its effects on business climate, in contrast to other states.[14] By the summer of 2012, DeVore had been named a vice president at the conservative think tank.[15]


The Crisis of the House Never United: A Novel of Early America in 2022.[16]

The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America in 2013.[17] A new edition of the book was published in 2014:[18]

Co-authored China Attacks in 2000, Chinese language edition published in 2001.[19]

Electoral history[edit]

As State Assemblyman[edit]

Republican primary results, March 2, 2004[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck DeVore 25,248 46.3
Republican Cristi Cristich 14,363 26.3
Republican Donald P. Wagner 8,146 14.9
Republican Marianne Zippi 4,501 8.3
Republican Long K. Pham 1,709 3.1
Republican Chonchol D. Gupta 544 1.0
Assemblyman 70th district, November 2, 2004[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck DeVore 112,844 61.1
Democratic Carl Mariz 65,351 35.4
Libertarian Mark Baldwin 6,506 3.5
Assemblyman 70th district, November 7, 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck DeVore (Incumbent) 78,724 60.5
Democratic Michael G. Glover 51,453 39.5
Assemblyman 70th district, November 4, 2008[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chuck DeVore (Incumbent) 114,556 57.8
Democratic Michael G. Glover 83,709 42.2

As U.S. Senate Candidate[edit]

Republican primary results, June 8, 2010[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carly Fiorina 1,315,429 56.4
Republican Tom Campbell 504,289 21.7
Republican Chuck DeVore 452,577 19.3
Republican Al Ramirez 42,149 1.8
Republican Tim Kalemkarian 19,598 0.8


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chuck DeVore: A brief biography". Los Angeles Times. May 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Full Biography for Chuck Devore Archived 2002-12-22 at the Wayback Machine 2002-03-05
  3. ^ Willon, Phil (20 May 2010). "Chuck DeVore has a staunch conservative record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Resigns Leadership Post Due to $14 Billion Tax Increase Deal 2009-02-14
  5. ^ "REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF PROPOSITION 1A". California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13.
  6. ^ Garofoli, Joe (2009-12-01). "GOP Senate candidates react to Obama's Afghanistan plan]". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2016-10-02.
  7. ^ Qaddafi's Political Future 2011-2-23
  8. ^ DeVore targets Boxer for 2010 Senate seat Archived 2009-06-28 at the Wayback Machine 2008-11-10
  9. ^ "Federal Election Commission records for Committee ID : C00457374". Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  10. ^ "Don Henley Wins Round In Songs Lawsuit Against GOP Candidate". 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  11. ^ Don Henley sues Senate candidate over song use April 18, 2009
  12. ^ Chuck DeVore's Quixotic Attempt to Twitter and Parody-Video His Way Into the U.S. Senate Archived 2009-11-30 at the Wayback Machine 2009-05-21
  13. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2010-08-06). "Politician Settles Case Over Don Henley Songs". The New York Times.
  14. ^ Van Oot, Torey (October 17, 2011). "The Buzz: Chuck DeVore heads for Texas". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
  15. ^ "Chuck DeVore | Texas Public Policy Foundation". Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  16. ^ DeVore, Chuck (28 September 2022). The Crisis of the House Never United: A Novel of Early America. ISBN 9798-355064044.
  17. ^ DeVore, Chuck (4 January 2013). The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America. ISBN 978-1481193719.
  18. ^ The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America 2014 Edition. Amazon. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  19. ^ DeVore, Chuck; Mosher, Steven (18 January 2013). China Attacks. ISBN 978-1481973809.
  20. ^ "Orange County Registrar Statement of Votes March 2004". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  21. ^ "Orange County Registrar Statement of Votes November 2004". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  22. ^ "Orange County Registrar Statement of Votes November 2006". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Orange County Registrar Statement of Votes November 2008". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  24. ^ "California Secretary of State Statement of Votes June 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original on February 6, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017.

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by California State Assemblyman
70th District

December 6, 2004–November 30, 2010
Succeeded by