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DeVore's political experience includes serving as a co-chair of the Gray Davis recall campaign in 2003. He was a member of the Orange County Republican Party's Central Committee from 1992-2002; a co-chair of the Bush for President campaign in 1999-2000; a city commissioner for the City of Irvine from 1991-1996; and senior assistant to Congressman Chris Cox from 1988-1990 and a director of Public Liaison for the 1988 Cox campaign.
DeVore has been named legislator of the year by seven organizations: the California Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the California chapter of the American Legion, the State Commanders' Veterans Council (a membership organization of 20 veterans and military-related organizations), the Southern California Contractors Association, the Young Republican Federation of California and the Orange County Republican Party.
DeVore was the Chief Republican Whip in the California State Assembly; he resigned this position on February 14, 2009 in protest of a multi-billion per year tax increase agreed to by the assembly's Republican leadership.
2010 U.S. Senate race
DeVore faced Carly Fiorina in the Republican Party nomination fight about who will run against Democrat Barbara Boxer in 2010. DeVote is regarded as an underdog against Fiorina but who whose "impeccable conservative credentials" will play a role in the June 2010 primary.
According to Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, "In a more normal political landscape, DeVore would have an almost impossible task ahead of him. But given the grassroots anger that exists now, he's got a chance."
DeVore served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army/Army National Guard from 1988-2007. He was SM&A's vice-president of Research and Communications from 1991-2004. From 1986-1988, DeVore was a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs with the U.S. Department of Defense, and from 1983-1988, he was a junior office in the United States Army Reserve.
In addition to graduating from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in 2003, DeVore earned a B.A. in Strategic Studies from Claremont McKenna College in 1985. He attended American University in Cairo in 1984-1985, and studied geology at California State University-Fullerton from 1980-1983.
DeVore wrote a novel, China Attacks, which was published in 1999 in the United States and translated in Chinese in 2000. The novel is banned in China.
DeVore is married to Diane DeVore. Together, they have two children, Jennie and Amy.
Political Courage test
DeVore provided answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he responded:
- 1. "Lifting California's ban on the construction of modern nuclear power plants as a way to address both greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels."
- 2. "Prevent job-killing tax increases."
- 3. "Slow the rate of growth in government - we have seen a 32 percent increase in spending in only four years."
Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, DeVore ranked as a 12.
DeVore served on the following committees:
- Audit Committee, California Legislature
- Revenue and Taxation Committee, California General Assembly (Vice Chair)
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California General Assembly
DeVore's sponsored legislation includes:
- AB 724 - Nonprobate transfers: revocable transfer
- AB 1035 - Energy: nuclear powerplant: certification.
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
DeVore was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.
In 2008 DeVore was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 70. DeVore (R) finished with 114,556 votes while his opponent Michael Glover (D) finished with 83,709 votes.
|California State Assembly District 70|
|Charles DeVore (R)||114,556|
|Michael Glover (D)||83,709|
Below are DeVore's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
- Chuck DeVore's personal website
- State assembly website of Charles DeVore (dead link)
- Legislative profile of Charles DeVote on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Charles DeVote on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008
- Chuck DeVore on Facebook
- Chuck DeVore on Twitter
- Chuck DeVore's YouTube Channel
- Chuck DeVore on LinkedIn
- Wall Street Journal, "Underdog in GOP Race Counts on California Conservatism," December 14, 2009
- Reuters, "California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Resigns Leadership Post Due to $14 Billion Tax Increase Deal," February 14, 2009
- DeVote Campaign Press Release, November 30, 2009
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. DeVore Issue Positions
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly," Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- California State Assembly election results
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
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Donald P. Wagner