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|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 26th district
|Assumed office |
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Connie Conway|
|Born||September 21, 1982|
|Spouse(s)||Amber Gomez (divorced)|
Devon John Mathis (born September 21, 1982) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 26th District, encompassing southeastern parts of the Central Valley. His election in 2014 was a surprise to many when he defeated Woodlake Mayor Rudy Mendoza, a fellow Republican who was better known and had much support from established Republicans. Mendoza sought a rematch in 2016, but Mathis defeated him again in the primary. Mathis, who had no previous political experience, ran on his status as a former US Army sergeant and veterans advocate. However, a controversy arose when it was revealed that he had been collecting both his 100% VA disability benefits and his state salary as an Assemblyman, including benefits.
In July 2017 Mathis, along with four other Republican assemblymen, voted "Yes" on AB 398 to extend California's Cap and Trade program.
Allegations of sexual assault
In October 2017 it was announced by the Sacramento (CA) Police Department that Mathis was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault against a female member of his staff. A conservative political blog, American Children First, reported that sources had informed them that Mathis and several staff members had gone out drinking and returned to the home of one of the staff members. There, it was alleged, an inebriated female staff member had gone into a bedroom and passed out on the bed, and Mathis was alleged to have "digitallly penetrated" her while she was unconscious. Regarding this incident, Mathis' office released this statement: “We have a policy of not responding to unsubstantiated, random social media posts.” A spokesman for the Sacramento Police Dept. said that “information of a possible sexual assault was brought to our attention. We are starting to follow up with the information we have."
During his bitter divorce from his ex-wife, he was accused of child abuse and neglect by her. In once instance, she claimed, he threw a knife at their 3-year old son. Former staffers and others claimed to have seen him drunk on the job. Some legislators claim he has a history of going back on his word and breaking promises on key votes. In November of 2017, the Tulare County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling on Mathis to resign.
2014 California State Assembly
|California's 26th State Assembly district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Derek A. Thomas||2,872||6.2|
|Republican||Teresita "Tess" Andres||2,092||4.5|
2016 California State Assembly
|California's 26th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||28,563||42.4|
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||76,289||63.3|