CHLI Spotlight on Congressional Board Member Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Posted by: Roberto Cervantes
Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22)
CHLI Congressional Board Member
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is proud to spotlight CHLI Founding Member and Congressional Board Member, Congressman Devin Nunes.
Congressman Nunes represented California’s 21st Congressional district from 2003 until 2010. Due to redistricting, since 2010 he has represented the 22nd district, which is located in the San Joaquin Valley and includes portions of Tulare and Fresno Counties. Congressman Nunes is now Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He joined CHLI’s Congressional Board when he first entered Congress in 2003.
Congressman Nunes was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, which is one of the world’s leading regions for food production. His family is of Portuguese descent, having emigrated from the Azores to California. As a teenager, he raised cattle and used his savings to begin a harvesting business, then bought his own farmland with his brother.
Congressman Nunes was first elected to public office when he became a board member of the College of the Sequoias, where he was an advocate for distance learning and the expansion of programs for high school students.
The Congressman has a wide range of legislative priorities. He continuously fights to bring more water to the San Joaquin Valley, where farmers, businesses, and entire communities are facing severe hardships due to restrictions on their water supply.
He has also introduced a bill, the American Business Competitiveness Act, that would drastically reform and simplify the tax code, including provisions that would stop the exodus of companies moving abroad for tax purposes, make it easier to start up a new business, and allow small businesses to better compete with corporations on a level playing field.
In order to forestall a looming crisis in public pensions, Congressman Nunes has introduced the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act (PEPTA), which would encourage more transparency about the debt load incurred by state and local pension funds, and would prohibit the federal government from bailing out any state or local funds that go insolvent.
As Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Nunes often travels to the Middle East and other hotspots, where he participates in oversight of the U.S. national security apparatus and meets with U.S. intelligence officials, and our military. Last year, he helped lead the passage and enactment of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, which encourages businesses and the federal government to share information on known cyber threats in order to counteract cyberattacks.
He also oversaw passage in the House of Representatives, both in 2015 and 2016, of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which sets funding levels and provides policy guidance for the seventeen agencies and departments that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community.
“Devin is an extraordinary leader and a dear friend,” said CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. “It is a privilege and an honor for CHLI to be able to count on his leadership.”
To find out more about Congressman Devin Nunes, please click HERE.