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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 Veterans Affairs; Revenue and Taxation; and, Budget.
For 13 years until elected in 2004, Chuck worked for SM&A, a $75 million per year aerospace engineering and management services firm as the Vice President for Research and for Communications.
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 spent six months in the study abroad program at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Chuck currently serves in the California Army National Guard. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the Army he has gone to Korea three times, to Panama, supported Operation Desert Storm, and patrolled the streets of Los Angeles during the riots in 1992. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, and several others. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Combined Arms Staff Services School.
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.
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 effort.
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 Human Events, the Orange County Register, 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.
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 1996.
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