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 on Hugh Hewitt

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Hugh Hewitt Show
Monday, December 1, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses expectations for the new Republican Congress and answers questions from callers as a special co-host on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Immigration Reform
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GOP Can Trump Obama’s Bad Immigration Plan

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let’s be clear: President Barack Obama isn’t really fixing the broken U.S. immigration system.

Analysis and Commentary

Liberal Arrogance At The Core Of Obamacare

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Friday, November 14, 2014

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has gotten in trouble for remarks that applaud -- in the words of Washington Post reporters Robert Costa and Jose DelReal -- “the deliberatively deceptive way” the health-care law was written to get it passed in Congress.

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Republicans Courted Asians, and It Paid Off

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Evidence from recent election cycles suggests Republicans have some distance to go in winning minority support in major elections. But there was at least some indication from last night’s exit polls that they may be making some headway with Asian-Americans, the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S.

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Health Care Everyone Can Agree On

by Lanhee J. Chen, Topher Spirovia Bloomberg View
Monday, November 3, 2014

Republicans and Democrats have little occasion to agree on anything in these toxic times. Nowhere are their differences more acute than on health-care policy.

Affirmative-Action Foibles

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Democratic Party likes racial preferences in college admissions, but Asian-Americans don’t. Might we see a parting of the ways?

Analysis and Commentary

4 Rules for Replacing Obamacare

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Politico Magazine
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Republicans are in a strong position as the midterm election approaches. They are nearly certain to retain control of the House of Representatives in the next Congress and may pick up a few seats to add to their majority. They are also poised to make gains in the Senate, perhaps even adding the six seats necessary to take control of the upper chamber—and maybe more.

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Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A report out today from the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee highlights a critical point about Obamacare: The law’s negative effect on labor markets helps explain why it will increase deficits by $131 billion over the next 10 years. This finding stands in stark contrast to Democrats’ repeated assertions that the law will reduce the deficit.

Analysis and Commentary

Order the Oysters, Pay for Waiter's Health Care

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An article in the Los Angeles Times this week described how some of the city's top foodie destinations are beginning to impose a surcharge on patron checks to help cover the cost of providing health insurance to their employees:

Democrat's Donkey
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Obama's Blow to Endangered Democrats

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg View
Friday, October 3, 2014

Another day, another pivot to jobs for President Barack Obama. Yesterday's speech at Northwestern University marked the 16th time since he took office that he has announced a refocus on jobs and the economy.

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