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Phone: 202-225-2523

Address: 1013 LHOB, DC 20515

Websites: nunes.house.gov
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Phone: (559) 733-3861

Address: 113 North Church Street, Visalia CA 93291-6300

Clovis CA

Phone: (559) 323-5235

Fax: (559) 323-5528

Address: 264 Clovis Avenue, Clovis CA 93612-1115

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Devin Nunes Biography
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  • Elected: 2002, 6th term.
  • District: California 22
  • Born: Oct. 01, 1973, Tulare
  • Home: Tulare
  • Education:

    Col. of the Sequoias, A.D. 1993, CA Poly. U., B.S. 1995, M.A. 1996

  • Professional Career:

    State Dir., USDA Rural Dev., 2001

  • Political Career:

    Col. of the Sequoias Governing Bd., 1996-2002.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Elizabeth); 3 children

Devin Nunes, a Republican first elected in 2002, is an aggressive conservative with ambitions beyond the House—he briefly toyed with running against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. For now, he is among House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s youthful allies who shares Ryan’s desire to shrink government and reshape entitlement programs. Read More

Devin Nunes, a Republican first elected in 2002, is an aggressive conservative with ambitions beyond the House—he briefly toyed with running against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. For now, he is among House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s youthful allies who shares Ryan’s desire to shrink government and reshape entitlement programs.

Nunes (NEW-nez) is the descendant of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores. His grandfather established the 600-acre-plus dairy farm that his parents ran when he was growing up in Tulare County. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with degrees in agriculture, worked on the family farm, and married a local elementary schoolteacher whose family roots are also in Portugal. In 1998, at age 25, Nunes ran for the U.S. House in the 20th District and finished second in the primary, losing 52%-48%. In 2000, he was the Tulare County campaign chairman for former Republican Rep. Bill Thomas, who chaired the powerful Ways and Means Committee before he retired. In 2001, with Thomas’ help, Nunes was appointed California director of rural development for the U.S. Agriculture Department. When California’s redistricting plan was unveiled in September 2001, the 21st District was left without an incumbent, and Nunes moved quickly. He was supported by Thomas, whose deep-pocketed campaign contributors in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries agreed to help Nunes. At home, Nunes won the endorsement of the California Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization and a powerful voice in Central Valley politics.

But Nunes had serious primary competition from Jim Patterson, Fresno’s conservative former mayor, who was backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth, and California Assembly member Mike Briggs. There were few differences among them on policy. All three promised to seek new water sources for farmers about to lose the San Joaquin River as a primary source after environmentalists successfully lobbied to restore the river, which for years had been dammed for irrigation. The candidates also called for tax cuts, fewer federal regulations, and expanded guest-worker programs for immigrants. Nunes won with 37% of the vote to 33% for Patterson and 26% for Briggs. Against a Democratic opponent in November, Nunes won easily, 70%-26%.

Nunes has a mostly conservative voting record, although it tends to be more centrist on social issues. “I draw my inspiration from the Founding Fathers,” he told Time magazine after being named one of its “40 Under 40” leaders in 2010. “… These political heroes brought us a republic form of government that centered on liberty. The struggle to preserve that liberty grows every time our federal government takes power and rights from the people.” Arriving in the House, he developed a good working relationship with then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert and through the years continued to keep a hand in leadership. In 2009, he co-led an effort with Mike Rogers, R-Mich., to investigate initiatives by governors and states that could also work on the federal level. Nunes can deliver a cutting sound bite, once comparing government spending with the actions of “a broke gambler who desperately keeps doubling down in a vain effort to break even.” He accused the majority House Democrats in 2010 of employing “staff thugs” to watch lawmakers during key votes.

Legislatively, Nunes dove into the district’s most pressing issue: the use of water from the San Joaquin. He got a feasibility study for a new water reservoir near Temperance Flat, which would help farmers if the river was restored to its original flow. But he clashed with Rep. George Radanovich, a Republican from the adjacent, downstream district, over Radanovich’s push to increase water flow over the Friant Dam so that salmon could be returned to the parched lower reaches of the San Joaquin. Nunes contended that the move would seriously deplete the area’s water supply for irrigation.

During California’s severe drought in 2009, Nunes lashed out at the Obama administration for allying with “radical environmentalists” in preventing farmers from getting sufficient water for their crops. At an April 2009 Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, he introduced a fishbowl of smelt for the record as a symbolic protest of how groups have used potential harm to fish to limit water deliveries for farming. He got a bill through the House in February 2012 to reshape California’s water-rights system to deliver more San Joaquin water for farmers; Democrats condemned the move as a “water grab” and it did not move in the Senate, something Nunes attributed to Feinstein and fellow Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer defending “their environmental wacko friends.”

Nunes’ major committee assignment is Ways and Means. In 2008, he enacted a bill guaranteeing GI benefits to soldiers who leave the military after a sibling dies in combat, a move inspired by Jason Hubbard, a surviving brother who returned home from Iraq after his two brothers died there and was denied benefits usually given to honorably discharged soldiers. At the outset of the health care debate in 2009, Nunes joined Ryan in introducing a bill providing tax credits for people to buy insurance and ending the tax exemption for businesses providing workers with the benefit. Their strategy frustrated Ways and Means’ ranking Republican, Michigan’s Dave Camp, who preferred to take more time to craft a plan. Nunes introduced his own health care bill in June 2012 to create a voluntary pilot program in which Medicare and Medicaid recipients would be given a debit-style “Medi-choice” card to buy health insurance. He also outlined a proposal in December 2012 to overhaul the tax code by replacing business taxes with a new system he said would create more economic growth.

Nunes has been easily reelected every two years and has used his sizeable contributions from dairy interests and other agricultural businesses to donate to colleagues’ campaigns, thus increasing his internal clout.

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Devin Nunes Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Devin Nunes (R)
Votes: 132,386
Percent: 61.88%
Otto Lee (D)
Votes: 81,555
Percent: 38.12%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Devin Nunes (R)
Votes: 67,386
Percent: 70.58%
Otto Lee (D)
Votes: 28,091
Percent: 29.42%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (unopposed), 2008 (68%), 2006 (67%), 2004 (73%), 2002 (70%)
Devin Nunes Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 38 (L) : 62 (C) 22 (L) : 77 (C) 18 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 41 (L) : 58 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 35 (L) : 63 (C)
Foreign 32 (L) : 67 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 37.3 (L) : 62.7 (C) 15.2 (L) : 84.8 (C) 25.3 (L) : 74.7 (C)
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The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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