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Biography

Elected: 2002, 7th term.

Born: October 1, 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

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 chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a youthful ally of Paul Ryan’s who shares the Wisconsin Republican'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.” 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. And he called libertarian GOP Rep. Justin Amash "al-Qaida's best friend in the Congress" for opposing tougher Republican positions on national security.

Nunes is a frequent public defender of Speaker John Boehner, so it was little surprise that the speaker selected him as Intelligence Committee chairman in 2015. “My goal is to make sure we are getting our members out to every corner of the world,” Nunes told McClatchy Newspapers. “You cannot conduct serious oversight work without getting on the ground and actually talking to the folks that are doing the work.” He completely revamped the panel's subcommittees, forming new ones to concentrate specifically on scrutinizing the CIA as well as the NSA and cybersecurity.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/01/09/252575/terror-attack-greets-intelligence.html#storylink=cpyArriving 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. And he labeled libertarian Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who frequently bolts from his party on national security and other matters, "al-Qaida's best friend in the Congress."

Legislatively, Nunes has dived 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.”

As a member of Ways and Means, he enacted a bill in 2008 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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2523

(202) 225-3404

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1013
Washington, DC 20515-0522

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2523

(202) 225-3404

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1013
Washington, DC 20515-0522

DISTRICT OFFICE

(559) 733-3861

(559) 733-3865

113 North Church Street Suite 208
Visalia, CA 93291-6300

DISTRICT OFFICE

(559) 733-3861

(559) 733-3865

113 North Church Street Suite 208
Visalia, CA 93291-6300

DISTRICT OFFICE

(559) 323-5235

(559) 323-5528

264 Clovis Avenue Suite 206
Clovis, CA 93612-1115

DISTRICT OFFICE

(559) 323-5235

(559) 323-5528

264 Clovis Avenue Suite 206
Clovis, CA 93612-1115

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(559) 739-8903

(559) 739-8994

PO Box 6545
Visalia, CA 93290

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 6545
Visalia, CA 93290

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Animal Rights

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Appropriations

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Arts

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Banking

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Budget

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Campaign

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Education

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Energy

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Environment

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Family

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Finance

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Foreign

Jack Langer
Communications Director

Govt Ops

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Gun Issues

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Health

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Homeland Security

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Housing

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Immigration

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Judiciary

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Labor

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Land Use

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Military

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Native Americans

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Science

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Social Security

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Tax

Jilian Plank
Legislative Director

Technology

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Telecommunications

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Trade

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Caitlin Shannon
Deputy Chief of Staff

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Gregory Hicks
Policy Advisor

Welfare

Ruth Hazdovac
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Devin Nunes
Votes: 132,386
Percent: 61.88%
Otto Lee
Votes: 81,555
Percent: 38.12%
2012 PRIMARY
Devin Nunes
Votes: 67,386
Percent: 70.58%
Otto Lee
Votes: 28,091
Percent: 29.42%
2010 GENERAL
Devin Nunes
Unopposed
2010 PRIMARY
Devin Nunes
Votes: 55,299
Percent: 100.0%
2008 GENERAL
Devin Nunes
Votes: 143,498
Percent: 68.39%
Larry Johnson
Votes: 66,317
Percent: 31.61%
2008 PRIMARY
Devin Nunes
Votes: 41,638
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (unopposed), 2008 (68%), 2006 (67%), 2004 (73%), 2002 (70%)

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