Lanhee J. Chen

David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow
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Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University.  A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has worked in politics, government, the private sector, and academia. 

He has advised numerous major campaigns, including four presidential efforts.  In 2012, he was policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser. a senior strategist on the campaign, and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy.  Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential bid, served as Domestic Policy Director of Romney's 2008 campaign, and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.  During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, Chen served as a Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

Chen is currently an Operating Partner at New Road Capital Partners, a private equity firm, where he helps to direct healthcare investments for the firm’s latest fund.  He is also a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group, a global business advisory firm.

From 2014 to 2018, Chen served as a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board—an independent, bipartisan panel that advises the president, Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs.  He is currently a Senior Adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, an Aspen Institute program, co-chaired by Hank Paulson and Erskine Bowles, that draws together a diverse range of distinguished leaders and thinkers to address significant structural challenges in the U.S. economy.

Chen was honored in 2015 as one of the POLITICO 50, a list of the “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.”  He earned a similar honor in 2012 when he was named one of POLITICO’s “50 Politicos to Watch.” 

Chen’s writings have appeared in a variety of outlets, including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg View.  He has been a CNN Political Commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on nearly every other major television network.  Chen is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Salem Media Group. 

In the Bush administration, Chen was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services. His private-sector experience includes having been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced business litigation. Chen was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and worked as a health policy advocate for a major business group in Washington, DC.

In 2017, Chen was the William E. Simon Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.  At Stanford, he also serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Haas Center for Public Service, is an affiliate of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, and was Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School.  An eight-time winner of Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Chen’s scholarship has appeared or been cited in several of the nation’s top political science journals.

Chen serves in a variety of leadership roles in nonprofits and community-based organizations.  He is Chair of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley, a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Democracy Fund, a Director of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), a member of the Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare, and a member of the Council of Scholars for the Better Medicare Alliance.  He is also a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans.  

Chen earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in political science from Harvard University, his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his A.B. magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

A native of Rowland Heights, California, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.

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Lanhee Chen: Despite Economic Uncertainty, President Trump Doubles Down On Trade Threats

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Cheddar
Friday, August 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the trade issues between the US and China.

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Single-Payer Health Care

by Scott W. Atlas, Richard A. Epstein, Lee Ohanian, Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Single-payer health care is when the government acts as the only payer of health care costs in the economy. Rather than individuals purchasing insurance for payment of medical expenses through their employer or on the open market, the federal government typically covers all such costs.

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Lanhee Chen: China Sends Concerning Signal On Hong Kong

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

China recently claimed that it was the United States that instigated the waves of pro-democracy protests that have washed over Hong Kong in recent weeks. It’s a ridiculous claim, but unfortunately suggests the possibility that Beijing is foreshadowing a military intervention in Hong Kong to maintain control.

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Lanhee Chen: 2020: A Contest Between Socialism And Capitalism

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Monday, August 5, 2019

Twenty of the Democrats vying to be our next President finished two nights of debates, where it became very clear that the energy of the party was behind policies that would push America to the far left—making the Democrats of the past look like conservatives.

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Lanhee Chen: Will Trump’s New Tariffs Push China To The Negotiating Table?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, August 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the US-China tariff war.

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Lanhee Chen: Pres. Trump Plans New Round Of Tariffs On Chinese Goods

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KCBS Radio
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the recent tariffs that President Trump imposed on China.

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Lanhee Chen: Alexandraia Ocasio-Cortez Can't Get Very Far Without Nancy Pelosi, Says Run For America Co-Founder

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo News
Friday, July 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen weighs in on the meeting between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Lanhee Chen: Robert Mueller Testifies On Capitol Hill

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KQED
Friday, July 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: $15 Minimum Wage May Do More Harm Than Good

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives recently passed legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.50 to $15 nationwide. While that might sound good to some, the reality is that such an increase may put up to 3.7 million people out of work, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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Lanhee Chen On 'Balance Of Power' (9:33)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the two year budget deal reached between President Trump and Congress.

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