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 – December 6, 2010
Preceded by John Campbell
Succeeded by Don Wagner
Personal details
Born (1962-05-20) May 20, 1962 (age 54)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diane DeVore
Children Two daughters
Alma mater Claremont McKenna College
Occupation Aerospace Executive
Religion Christian
Website Chuck DeVore
Military service
Service/branch U.S. Army Reserve, California Army National Guard [1]
Years of service 1983–2007
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 40th 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 and represented the 70th District, which includes portions of Orange County. DeVore was Vice Chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and sat on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Veterans Affairs 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.

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] He later worked as Vice President of Communications and Research for Irvine-based aerospace company SM&A from 1991 to 2004.[1]

Bills and 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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;[6][7][8] Devore and a campaign worker issued a public statement apologizing to Henley.[9]

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.[10] By the summer of 2012, DeVore had been named a vice president at the conservative think tank.[11]


Co-authored "China Attacks" in 2000, Chinese language edition published in 2001.[12]

Authored "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America" in 2013.[13] A new edition of the book was published in 2014:[14]


External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
John Campbell
California State Assemblyman
70th District

Succeeded by
Don Wagner