Lanhee J. Chen

David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies
Biography: 

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 Health in Northern California. He is also a 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 affiliated faculty member of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at 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 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 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 Chair of the Policy Advisory Board of Free the Facts, a policy education group; 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: Analysts Weigh In After VP Candidates Clash At Debate (2:15)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the vice-presidential debate.

In the News

Why Biden Would Start Tax Increases At $400,000 A Year

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Live Mint
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Democrat’s plan would affect only about 1.8% of households, sparing the middle class, but constrain policy choices.

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Lanhee Chen On Insiders ABC

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Insiders ABC
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about what President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis means for his campaign.

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Lanhee Chen: Mitch McConnell: Trump-Biden Debates Should Move Forward And Might Be Done Remotely

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo News
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the possibility of a virtual debate.

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Trump's Diagnosis Gives Biden 'Free Pass' To Focus On COVID-19: Fmr. Romney Adviser Lanhee Chen

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, October 2, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about what President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis means for his campaign.

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Lanhee Chen On Planet America

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia ABC Radio National - Australia
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the first presidential debate as well as the Supreme Court nominee.

Lanhee Chen: A Study In Contrasts

by Lanhee J. Chen
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Tuesday night’s presidential debate was a study in contrasts: The accomplishments of a president over the last 47 months, against a politician who’s been in politics for 47 years.

In the News

Election 2020: Trump And Biden's Starkly Diverging Views On Healthcare

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Healthcare Drive
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Spoiler: the 2 nominees differ on almost everything.

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Lanhee Chen: First Presidential Debate Of 2020 Election

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia NBC News
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the upcoming presidential debate.

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Lanhee Chen: Ex-Rubio Campaign Adviser On Candidate Strategies For Presidential Debates

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia CBS News
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses how to prep for debate night.

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