Lanhee J. Chen

David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies
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Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies 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, academia, and the private sector.

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).

In addition to his academic appointments, Chen is a Senior Counselor at the Brunswick Group, a global business advisory firm; an Operating Partner at New Road Capital Partners, where he helps to direct healthcare investments for the private equity firm’s current fund; and Chair of the Board of Directors at El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley.  He is also a Senior Adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute.

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 also served in the George W. Bush Administration as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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

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.” 

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.

Previously, Chen practiced law at two major law firms and was the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Chen serves in a variety of leadership roles in nonprofits and community-based organizations.  He is 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: Constitutional Experts Clash In House Judiciary Committee Hearing On Impeachment

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.

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Trade Is The Single Biggest Drag On The Economy, Says Hoover’s Lanhee Chen

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses trade issues, the economy, and impeachment. Chen notes that trade is the biggest drag on the economy.

InterviewsEconomy

Lanhee Chen: Trump Says China Trade Deal May Be Better After Election

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia MSN
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump's tough stance on China and Iran. Chen also discusses President Trump's suggestion that it might be better to wait until after the 2020 election for a trade deal with China.

InterviewsPolitics

Lanhee Chen: Why The Democrats Shouldn't Oppose Trump 'At Any Cost'

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia MSN News
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen says the impeachment proceedings distract Democrats from talking about "kitchen table issues" that voters care about such as health care and education. He also says former vice president, Joe Biden, is still the favorite in the Democratic nomination race.

InterviewsPolitics

Lanhee Chen: Economy Plays Central Role During A Presidential Election

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, November 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses why people 'vote with their pocketbooks'; and he also discusses former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's presidential platform to attack President Trump.

Analysis and CommentaryHealth Care

Lanhee Chen: Warren’s 52 Trillion Dollar Medicare-For-All

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Friday, November 8, 2019

$52 trillion dollars. That’s the price-tag for Elizabeth Warren’s plan to bring single-payer, government-run health care to America. And, believe it or not, that number may actually be a conservative estimate for what Medicare-for-all would cost.

InterviewsPolitics

Lanhee Chen: Federal Policy In The Event Of President Warren In 2021 (Part 01)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses Elizabeth's Warren's campaign promises.

InterviewsPolitics

Lanhee Chen: Federal Policy In The Event Of President Warren In 2021 (Part 02)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses Elizabeth's Warren's campaign promises.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen On The 'Balance Of Power'

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

(9:45) Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the trade deficit with China, as well as the issues that have been resolved in phase one of the the trade deal between the US and China.

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Area 45: Lanhee Chen: Republican Rift?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Area 45
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lanhee Chen assesses the complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars.

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