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Rep. Devin Nunes
Devin Nunes is Member of Congress from the San Joaquin Valley of California, where he represents the 21st Congressional District. In his 5th term, Nunes was first elected to Congress in 2002. The 21st Congressional District, which includes all of Tulare County and parts of Fresno County, is the most diverse and valuable farm land in America. The region consistently ranks first in the country in terms of crop diversity and value, and is the largest milk shed in the world.
Born on October 1, 1973, Nunes is a native of Tulare County, where his family has farmed for three generations. The Nunes family emigrated to America from Portugal’s Azores islands. They are part of a large Portuguese community living in the San Joaquin Valley, many of whom have helped cultivate for generations the nation’s most productive farmland. Nunes and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters and live in Tulare.
Nunes is the author of Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint for America's Future, published in September 2010. Time magazine named Nunes one of the rising stars of American politics, in their list of "40 under 40”, which is the top forty civic leaders in American under 40 years of age.
Nunes is a graduate of Tulare Union High School. He is the second Member of Congress to attend Tulare Union, following Olympic gold medalist Bob Mathias, who served in the House of Representatives from 1967-1975. 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.
At the age of 23, Nunes was first elected to public office as one of California’s youngest community college trustees in state history. He was a member of the College of the Sequoias Board from 1996-2002. In 2001, Nunes was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as California State Director for the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development section. He left this post to run for Congress in 2002.
During Nunes' first term in Congress, he served on the 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. He has served on the committee since then, where he is 6th in seniority, and a member of the Subcommittees on Trade and Health. He was also a member of the House Budget Committee during the 111th Congress.
At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Nunes was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a member of this committee, Nunes has oversight over the U.S. national security apparatus, including all of the classified activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, and other agencies responsible for national intelligence.