Who is Devin Nunes?
Devin Nunes in an American politician and a former dairy farmer. He belongs to the Republican Party and is the member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 22nd congressional district since 2003. He has held many prominent positions in the U.S. government, including the chairmanship of the ‘House Intelligence Committee’ that oversaw the 2012 Benghazi attack investigation. He was also part of the President Donald Trump’s transition team and is often considered one of his strongest allies. Born into an agricultural family, he worked on the family farm from a young age and gained an education in the same field. But, he soon developed an interest in local politics, contesting the Congressional district elections in his mid-20s. He got his entry into national politics with a job in the agriculture department under President George W. Bush’s administration. Since then, he has continued to serve in the ‘U.S. House of Representatives’ from California, under various governments. He has been instrumental in developing many policies related to agriculture, environment, public employees, healthcare, etc. He has also been part of the ‘Ways and Means Committee’. He has authored a book as well but is infamous for filing frivolous lawsuits.
Childhood & Early Life
Devin Gerald Nunes was born on October 1, 1973, in Tulare, California, to Antonio Nunes and Toni Diane Nunes. He has a younger brother, Anthony III.
As a child, he worked on his three-generation-old family farm. During his teenage years, he worked raising cattle and started an agricultural business from his savings that was later reinvested to buy some farmland with his brother.
He finished his basic education from ‘Tulare Union High School’. In 1993, he received an ‘Associate of Arts’ degree from ‘College of the Sequoias’.
In 1995, he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from ‘California Polytechnic State University’. In 1996, he graduated with a master’s degree in agriculture from ‘California Polytechnic State University’ in San Luis Obispo, California.
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In 1998, Devin Nunes decided to contest the election for the 20th Congressional district seat from California and ranked third in the election.
From 1999-2001, he served on the College of Sequoias’ ‘Board of Trustees’.
In 2001, his career in politics took off after he was appointed as the ‘State Director’ of California to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development’ section by President George W. Bush’s administration.
In 2002, he was elected by California’s newly formed 21st Congressional district to the House of Representatives by a majority vote from the farming and rural community of Tulare.
In 2005, as part of his Congressional duties, he was instrumental in developing several important policies, including An act to make ‘California State Route 99’ a part of the country’s ‘Interstate Highway System’.
In 2009, he introduced ‘Patient’s Choice Act’ that had far-reaching effects on the American healthcare and insurance systems.
In 2010, he supported ‘Roadmap for America’s future Act’ and ‘Public Employee Pension Transparency Act’. He also authored ‘A Roadmap for America’s Energy Future’ that year.
He has vociferously advocated for several environmental policy changes, especially those catering to the farming and agricultural community. The ‘Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act’ authored by him is one such example.
After the attack on two U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, he was appointed the Chairman of the ‘House Intelligence Committee’ in charge of investigating the incident. He served in this capacity for four years.
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In 2015, he vehemently opposed ‘Pentagon’s’ ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ to create a new base in the United Kingdom and proposed to relocate it to the Azores in Portugal instead. That year, he also became the ‘House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's' chairman.
After President Trump’s election in 2016, he was part of his transition team.
He was one of the first few Republicans to oppose any connections between President Trump’s election campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 Presidential elections.
In 2017, he was one of the few early supporters of a Presidential executive order that stopped the entry of citizens of seven countries into the U.S.
In 2018, after the release of Robert Mueller’s report on the Russian collusion of the Trump campaign, he sent out a memo claiming that the ‘U.S. Justice Department’ and ‘FBI’ were conspiring against the President. He, thus, cemented his status as the President’s strongest ally.
On March 17, 2020, he told a news channel that the Covid-19 pandemic’s threat was an exaggerated one and stated that the virus would be gone by Easter.
Books Written By Devin Nunes
In September 2010, his book, Restoring the Republic, was published.
In 2012, he wrote a foreword for the American-Portuguese author, Alfred Lewis’ famous novel ‘Home is an Island’.
Awards & Achievements
In June 2013, Devin Nunes was conferred with the honour of ‘GrandOfficer of the Order of Prince Henry’ by Portugal.
In June 2017, Romania presented the ‘Order of the Star of Romania’ award to him.
He has served as a member of the ‘Subcommittee on Trade' and ‘Subcommittee on Health’, which are part of the ‘Committee on Ways and Means’ of the U.S. Congress.
He is the co-chair of the ‘U.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus’.
He is a member of the ‘U.S.-Japan Caucus’ and ‘House Baltic Caucus’.
Family & Personal Life
In 2003, Devin Nunes married a school teacher, Elizabeth. They have three daughters together - Julia, Evelyn and Margaret.
He is infamous for filing a string of foolish lawsuits against those who criticize, mock or oppose him or his views.
In 2019, Devin Nunes tried to sue a user on ‘Twitter’ who went by the account handle ‘Devin Nunes’ Cow’, but the judge turned it down. The press coverage of the incident garnered the parody account as many followers as Nunes’ official Twitter account.