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 "Sanders And Warren Surge As Biden Slips In The Polls"

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses China, the UK, Brexit, Iran, and much more.

Policy BriefsFeatured

Lanhee Chen On Competition In The Health Insurance Market

by Lanhee J. Chenvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Competition among insurers has gone down and premiums have gone up as a result of Obamacare.

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Uncertainty Is A Drag On The Economy, Hoover’s Lanhee Chen Says

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the slowdown in the economy and what can be done?

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Lanhee Chen: Week In Politics: The Economy, 2020 Polling, Presidential Candidates’ Policy Proposals And More

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KPCC 89.3 (Southern California)
Monday, August 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses Hong Kong, the US economy, Democrat candidates for president, and much more.

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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.

Policy InsightsFeatured

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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