Devin Nunes
American politician
Devin Nunes
Devin Nunes is the U.S. Representative for, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district, located in the San Joaquin Valley, includes all of Tulare County, as well as much of eastern Fresno County. He is also the author of the book Restoring the Republic, published by WND Books in September 2010.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes Steps Aside From Russia Probe
Wall Street Journal - 18 days
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is stepping aside from the panel’s probe of possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing the need to confront a congressional ethics inquiry into allegations that he improperly disclosed classified information to the public.
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Devin Nunes steps aside as head of House inquiry into Russia's meddling in 2016 election
LATimes - 18 days
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes stepped down Thursday as head of a high-stakes inquiry into Russia’s interference in last year’s election, saying he was under an ethics investigation for allegedly revealing classified information. Rep. Nunes announced his recusal minutes before...
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House Intel Chair Devin Nunes Steps Aside From Russia Investigation
NPR - 18 days
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is stepping aside from its investigation into Russia's meddling in the election last year after being accused of ethics violations. Devin Nunes says the charges against him are baseless, and he retains the confidence of House leadership, but his Democratic counterpart welcomed the move.
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Devin Nunes to Step Aside From House Russia Investigation
New York Times - 18 days
Mr. Nunes, the Intelligence Committee chairman, said his decision came after “left-wing activist groups” filed accusations against him with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
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House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes To Step Aside From Russia Probe
NPR - 18 days
Nunes has been accused of improperly disclosing classified information; the House Ethics Committee is opening a review. Nunes will remain as the Intelligence committee's chairman for other matters. (Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Nunes on critics: 'I don't really listen to what anyone says'
CNN - 21 days
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes dismissed claims from top Democrats that he is colluding with the White House, and said House investigators talked scheduling with former national security adviser Michael Flynn before his request for immunity.
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    Bloomberg BNA reported that Nunes' consumption tax model found in the ABC Act was influential in the drafting of the House Republican Tax Plan introduced by Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady in June 2016.
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    On January 13, 2016, Nunes introduced the American Business Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4377), also known as the ABC Act.
    More Details Hide Details It would significantly lower taxes on American businesses, regardless of size or legal organization, by lowering federal tax rates on business income to 25% or less, allowing businesses to write off all expenses in a current calendar year, eliminate all business tax loopholes and special provisions in the U.S. tax code, and establish a territorial tax system that would remove penalties U.S. businesses face when returning foreign earnings (repatriation) and reinvesting them in the United States. Nunes' plan has significant support; Grover Norquist wrote, "The ABC Act will transform our dysfunctional tax code into a globally competitive system that encourages economic growth instead of suppressing it." The Tax and Heritage Foundations forecast significant employment gains and economic growth from the Act.
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In June 2015, Nunes attracted national and world media attention, when he said on an CBS' Face the Nation, "We face the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country, today.
    More Details Hide Details Even after 9/11. When Paul Ryan replaced John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee was vacated by Ryan. This set the stage for a committee leadership contest, where Nunes, holding a senior position on the committee, was mentioned as a replacement for Ryan. While Nunes' claim to the committee gavel was strong, he was asked by Ryan to remain chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Ryan said of Nunes, “The world has gotten only more dangerous, and serious times call for serious leaders. That’s why I’ve asked Rep. Devin Nunes to stay on as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee." Reflecting on the fact that it was not an easy decision to remove himself from consideration for the powerful chairmanship of Ways and Means, Nunes said, “After careful reflection and in light of the Speaker’s wish for me to continue this important role, I have decided to remain Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.” Nunes' decision to remain as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in response to a personal appeal from Ryan for him to stay can be interpreted as the high confidence the House leadership has in Nunes as chairman, in addition to his closeness to Ryan over the years, which Nunes referenced in his book (see Author section below), Restoring the Republic (pp. 62–63).
    In June 2015, Nunes elaborated on his charge that environmental groups were complicit in the California drought, and revealed what these groups told him in 2002.
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    Nunes wrote in April 2015 of "environmental extremists" and the damage he charges they have done in pursuit of an environmental utopia: "Utterly convinced of the righteousness of their crusade, environmental extremists stop at nothing in pursuing their utopian conception of 'sustainability.'
    More Details Hide Details The interests of families, farmers, and entire communities — whose very existence is often regarded as an impediment to sustainability — are ignored and derided in the quest for an ever-more pristine environment free from human contamination." Nunes has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, calling it a "complete disaster". He has also called Obama administration officials "wimps" for opposing enhanced interrogation techniques but using drones to attack terrorists. "People complain about harsh interrogation yet are okay with vaporizing people. In reality, they are kind of wimps, because they are not willing to do the hard stuff of capturing and interrogating people to get actionable information. The enemy knows that this administration won't interrogate them," Nunes told the American Thinker.
    Nunes elaborated on these themes in his April 2015 National Review article.
    More Details Hide Details At the time California farmers were under attack for using most of California's water, making the state's drought worse. Farmers were accused of using 80 percent of the water, often on water-intensive crops, such as almonds. Nunes, a third-generation dairy farmer, challenged media criticism of farmers. He wrote, "Farmers do not use 80 percent of California’s water. In reality, 50 percent of the water that is captured by the state’s dams, reservoirs, aqueducts, and other infrastructure is diverted for environmental causes. Farmers, in fact, use 40 percent of the water supply. Environmentalists have manufactured the 80 percent statistic by deliberately excluding environmental diversions from their calculations." Nunes added that California's lack of adequate water storage facilities has only made the problem worse. He wrote, "Furthermore, in many years there are additional millions of acre-feet of water that are simply flushed into the ocean due to a lack of storage capacity — a situation partly explained by environmental groups’ opposition to new water-storage projects. Returning to an argument he has made before regarding California's water storage and irrigation system, Nunes added, "The drought is a genuine problem in California, but our irrigation system was designed to withstand five years of drought."
    Nunes wrote in National Review in April 2015, "The House of Representatives has passed three bills in the last three years that would have expanded California water supplies by rolling back damaging environmental regulations.
    More Details Hide Details These bills died amid opposition from Senate Democrats, Governor Brown, and President Obama."
    In February 2015, during debate over Department of Homeland Security funding, Nunes again gave sharp and colorful criticism, this time of certain conservative members of the Republican Conference: "I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama’s lawlessness.
    More Details Hide Details While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can’t advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards." Nunes has placed himself firmly in the middle of negotiations between the U.S. and Portuguese governments over the future of Lajes air base on the island of Terceira in the Azores. Since 2009, the Obama administration has had plans to reduce U.S. personnel at the air base, but has encountered strong opposition from the Portuguese government for a host of reasons, including future costs to the host government. Nunes, believing he is acting in U.S. interests, has blocked the Pentagon from implementing the plan. There are 650 military personnel and family members at the base. The Pentagon plan would reduce that number to some 150. Nunes' plans for the Azores would actually increase U.S. personnel. He is also proposing relocating Africa Command and European Command intelligence centers to the Azores, also contrary to plans by Pentagon and NATO to create a larger intelligence "fusion" facility in Britain. Nunes' plan would locate 1,000 intelligence personnel to the Azores. He maintains that this would save the U.S. money because cost of living and construction costs are less in the Azores than the U.K. The Pentagon has a different view; writing, for example, on one of their websites, officials report, "Moving to Lajes Field is very expensive and living is expensive as well."
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In February 2014, during a drought that had hit California, Nunes rejected any link between the drought and global warming, saying "Global warming is nonsense."
    More Details Hide Details He criticized the federal government for shutting off portions of California’s system of water irrigation and storage, and diverting water into a program for freshwater salmon and the delta smelt. “There was plenty of water. This has nothing to do with drought."
    Nunes co-sponsored a third water bill, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, which passed the House of Representatives in December 2014 but was not voted on by the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Water restrictions have been in place to enforce the Endangered Species Act and other environmental regulations which have seen water allocations decline dramatically even in non-drought years. The result has been what Nunes terms a "man-made drought".
    This later became the basis for another bill co-sponsored by Nunes, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, which passed the House of Representative in February 2014 but was not voted on by the Senate.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    Nunes' criticisms are not limited to liberals or the Obama administration. During the October 2013 budget standoff, Nunes famously called certain members of his own Republican Conference who favored a government shutdown "lemmings with suicide vests." "It's kind of an insult to lemmings to call them lemmings" because of their tactics, he said.
    More Details Hide Details Nunes explained the origin of his remarks, and the climate in the House GOP Conference and floor in an interview and panel discussion on CNN, during the government shutdown, which he posted on his YouTube channel on October 5, 2013. In May 2014, Nunes came under fire when he charged that Michigan Congressman and fellow Republican Justin Amash was "al-Qaeda's best friend in Congress" because of Amash's voting record on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance. At the time, Amash had voted in opposition to a Nunes water bill for California "on constitutional grounds." Nunes' statement linked the two issues, adding that Amash was acting as an ally of San Francisco liberals, who were opponents of Nunes' California water bills and NSA policies: “He’s been leading the charge and not telling the truth about surveillance policies. He’s been fanning the flames, and it gets to the point where my assessment is this is a guy willing to work with San Francisco Democrats to protect bait fish, and at the same time he’s Al Qaeda’s best friend in the Congress.”
    In January 2013, Nunes was named chairman of the Ways and Means Trade subcommittee.
    More Details Hide Details He was also a member of the House Budget Committee during the 111th Congress. For the 112th United States Congress, Nunes was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was named chairman in the 114th Congress by Speaker John Boehner. In 2003, Nunes became a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, a caucus of Republican Members of Congress of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.
  • 2012
    Age 38
    As co-chair of the Brazil and Mexico caucuses, Nunes was selected by Speaker John Boehner to be a member of a well-publicized congressional delegation that the Speaker led to Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico in January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Members of the delegation were Reps. Dave Camp (R-MI), Ways and Means Committee chairman; Doc Hastings (R-WA), Natural Resources Committee chairman; John Kline (R-MN), Education and the Workforce Committee chairman; Greg Walden (R-OR); and Dan Boren (D-OK). Boren was the sole Democrat on the trip. As co-chair with Jared Polis (D-CO) of the U.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus, Nunes along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Conference of the House of Representatives met with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico on April 24, 2012, in what is believed to be Calderón's final trip to Washington, D.C, as President of Mexico. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip, also attended the meeting. In 2006, Nunes authored the "American-Made Energy Freedom Act". In July 2008, the Republican Conference introduced the American Energy Act, which included a key Nunes proposal from the American-Made Energy Freedom Act to establish a renewable energy trust fund from revenues generated by deep ocean and Arctic coastal plain exploration and invest the monies in alternative fuels and technology.
    In the 2012 and 2014 elections, Nunes won 61.88% and 70.58% respectively against Democratic opposition.
    More Details Hide Details During 108th Congress, Nunes' first term in Congress, he served on the House Resources Committee, where he was chairman of its National Parks Subcommittee. He was also a member of the Agriculture and Veterans Affairs committees. In the 109th Congress, Nunes was named to the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    He ran unopposed in the 2010 general election.
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    During the June 8, 2010, California primary, Nunes actually received more write-in votes in the Democratic primary than the Democratic write-in candidate Ruben Macareno.
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    On January 29, 2010, President Obama said that the "Roadmap" is a "legitimate" plan to solve the fiscal crisis facing the United States due to the unfunded liabilities of Medicare and Medicaid.
    More Details Hide Details Nunes was also a cosponsor of "Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2008", an earlier version of H.R. 4529. Also in 2009, Nunes coauthored the "Patients' Choice Act" with Paul Ryan (R-WI) in the House, and Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in the Senate. The Patient's Choice Act would establish a system of state health insurance exchanges and amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a refundable tax credit for qualified health care insurance coverage. The bill also proposes to adsorb Medicaid programs to the exchange system. The Patients' Choice Act was incorporated into A Roadmap for America's Future. On December 2, 2010, Nunes introduced H.R. 6484, the "Public Employee Pension Transparency Act". Paul Ryan and Darrell Issa (R-CA) are cosponsors. H.R. 6484 enhances transparency for state and local pensions, and would establish a clear federal prohibition on any future public pension bailouts by the federal government.
    Nunes' district was renumbered California's 22nd congressional district after the 2010 Census.
    More Details Hide Details With redistricting, Nunes lost most of eastern Tulare County to the neighboring 23rd District. The 22nd also has an Hispanic plurality (44.8%). Based on recent election totals, it remains predominately Republican.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 28
    Stunned at the time, Nunes wrote,"In the summer of 2002, shortly before I was elected to Congress, I sat through an eye-opening meeting with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council and several local environmental activist groups.Their goal was to remove 1.3 million acres of farmland from production.
    More Details Hide Details They showed me maps that laid out their whole plan: From Merced all the way down to Bakersfield, and on the entire west side of the Valley as well as part of the east side, productive agriculture would end and the land would return to some ideal state of nature. I was stunned by the vicious audacity of their goal — and I quickly learned how dedicated they were to realizing it." Nunes is a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s national security policies, calling for stronger measures, for example, to fight ISIS, support for Ukraine and other Eastern European countries threatened by Russian actions in the region, and efforts to stop Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Nunes is also a prominent critic of the administration’s response to the Benghazi terror attack, Nunes was instrumental in bringing three security officers who fought in Benghazi to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. His actions were recorded in remarkable detail by the Weekly Standard, including controversies within the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) over the Benghazi investigations.
    Nunes' principal opponents in the seven-way 2002 Republican primary were former Fresno mayor Jim Patterson and state Assemblyman Mike Briggs.
    More Details Hide Details Nunes was the only major candidate from Tulare County, while Patterson and Briggs were both from Fresno. This was critical; 42% of the district's population was in Fresno County and 58% in Tulare County. Patterson and Briggs split the Fresno County vote, allowing Nunes to win by a four-point margin over Patterson, his nearest competitor. Nunes won 46.5% of the vote in Tulare County and 28.1% of the vote in Fresno County. Nunes was also helped by a strong showing in the rural part of the district. He won the endorsement of the California Farm Bureau and the Fresno Bee. The district is solidly Republican, and Nunes coasted to victory in November. He has been reelected five times against only nominal Democratic opposition.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as California State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development section.
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  • 2000
    Age 26
    He left this post later that year to run for the Republican nomination in the 21st congressional district, a new district created through reapportionment after the 2000 United States census.
    More Details Hide Details Before 2002, what is now the 21st district was part of three districts, represented by Bill Thomas, Cal Dooley, and George Radanovich.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    He served as a trustee from 1996 to 2002.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Age 1
    Nunes graduated from Tulare Union High School. He is the second member of Congress to attend Tulare Union, three decades after Olympic gold medalist Bob Mathias, who served in the House from 1967 to 1975.
    More Details Hide Details After associate's work at College of the Sequoias, Nunes graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and a master's degree in agriculture. In 2009 Nunes wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he became an entrepreneur at 14 years old, when he bought seven head of young cattle, learning quickly how to profit from his investment. "I had cracked open my piggy bank to buy seven head of young cattle to raise and sell," Nunes wrote. "I had two choices: I could buy feed or I could fix fences in exchange for free grazing. Like water flowing down a furrow, my cattle went to pasture where I could make a higher profit." Nunes was first elected to public office when he was 22. He unseated an 18-year incumbent on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the College of the Sequoias, earning 65% of the vote.
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1973.
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