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Full Biography for Chuck DeVore
Chuck DeVore represents California's 70th Assembly District, an area that includes about 450,000 people in the Orange County communities of Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, and Tustin. His legislative committee assignments are: Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, Veterans Affairs, and, Budget. He also serves as a Republican Whip. He was elected in 2004 and reelected in 2006.
The California Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) honored Chuck as their Assemblyman of the Year in 2008. Chuck was named the 2007 Mickey Conroy Legislator of the Year from the California State Commanders Veterans Council, an umbrella organization of 19 veterans groups. The Young Republican Federation of California and the California College Republicans both named named Chuck their Legislator of the Year in 2007 for his consistent effort to promote Republican principles as widely as possible. United Way of Orange County recognized Chuck in 2006 for his legislation to improve childcare.
Before being elected Chuck worked in the aerospace industry. For 13 years he worked for SM&A, an engineering and management services firm. He was Vice President for Research and for Communications when he went into public service.
Chuck served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988. As Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs his duties included working with Congress to advance the President's foreign and military policy. Chuck's official travels took him to Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central America. His initiative helped develop the Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile program.
In 1988 Chuck served as Director of Public Liaison for former Congressman Chris Cox's (now Chairman of the SEC) first campaign for public office. Through 1990, he served as the Congressman's Senior Assistant.
From 1991 to 1996, Chuck served as a City Commissioner for the City of Irvine. He was Chairman of the Community Services Commission from 1994 to 1995 and Vice Chairman the year before.
In 1983, Chuck became a citizen-soldier when he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He earned an ROTC scholarship that allowed him to attend Claremont McKenna College where he graduated with honors with a degree in Strategic Studies in 1985 and was commissioned an officer. He also studied overseas at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. After more than 24 years of service, Chuck retired from the Army National Guard at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, his awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, and others.
Since the age of 19, Chuck has been an active volunteer for the Republican Party, serving in the leadership of several organizations. He was first elected to the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee in 1992 and was reelected four times. Chuck was Chairman of the Party's Ethics Committee. In 1999-2000, Chuck was a local co-chairman of the Bush for President campaign.
Chuck is also the author of the internationally acclaimed novel, China Attacks. Written in 1999 and translated into Chinese in 2000, the book, banned in China, sells well in Taiwan where Chuck was invited to meet with Taiwanese defense and political officials in 2001 and again in 2005.
His opinion pieces have appeared in the Investors' Business Daily, Human Events, the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Taipei Times, the Jamestown Review, the U.S. Army's Red Thrust Star, and many others.
In 2004, The Claremont Institute named Chuck a Lincoln Fellow. Every year, about 10 Lincoln Fellows participate in an intensive eight-day seminar on the principles of the American founding and their application to public policy.
Chuck moved to Orange County in 1980 and has lived in the 70th Assembly District since 1988. Married in 1988, Chuck and his wife Diane have two daughters, Jennie, born in 1991, and Amy, born in 1997.
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