Lanhee Chen

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Lanhee Chen
BornJuly 4, 1978 (1978-07-04) (age 34)
North Carolina, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
(B.A., M.A., J.D., Ph.D.)
OccupationHoover Institution Research Fellow, Stanford University lecturer, and Bloomberg columnist
Political partyRepublican Party
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Lanhee Chen
BornJuly 4, 1978 (1978-07-04) (age 34)
North Carolina, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
(B.A., M.A., J.D., Ph.D.)
OccupationHoover Institution Research Fellow, Stanford University lecturer, and Bloomberg columnist
Political partyRepublican Party

Lanhee Chen (Chinese: 陳仁宜; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Jîn-gî; born July 4, 1978)[1] is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution[2] and teaches in the public policy program at Stanford University.[3] He is also a columnist with Bloomberg View.[4] Previously, he was the policy director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, 2012 and Romney's chief policy adviser. He has been described as the "orchestra leader" behind the Romney 2012 campaign.[5] Beth Myers described Chen as the person Romney relies on "entirely" for policy direction.[6] He was also called one of the "rare Asian faces in prominent positions in the Republican presidential campaign."[7]


Early life and education [edit]

Chen was born in North Carolina and grew up in Rowland Heights in Southern California, the son of native Taiwanese immigrants. He speaks Minnan (Taiwanese Hokkien) more fluently than Mandarin.[8] His parents are from the western county of Yunlin, Taiwan.[9] They currently live in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California.[10]

He earned four degrees at Harvard University (a bachelors in government, a masters in political science, a J.D., and a Ph.D. in political science).[11][12] While at Harvard he was active in campus Republican politics.[13] He was the co-president of Harvard Model Congress.[14] The topic of his Ph.D. dissertation was a look at electoral politics.[15] His dissertation adviser was Sidney Verba.[16]

Career [edit]

Chen has been described by the National Journal as a "prodigy," although his youth is noteworthy as well.[17]

Chen was a visiting scholar at the University of California's Institute of Governmental Studies from 2010 to 2011. Previously he was deputy campaign manager and policy director on California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's campaign for governor, 2009–10, chief domestic policy adviser during Romney's 2007-08 campaign for president, and senior counselor to the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.[18] He was the senior healthcare adviser for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.[19] He is also a non-staff member of the Heritage Foundation.[20] Chen joined Romney's Free and Strong America PAC in 2011 as policy director.[21]

Chen has been called the "snarkiest wonk."[22] He appears frequently on camera and has a crisp, business-like manner.[23] Other terms used to describe Chen are having "brass knuckles," "combative," and "pugnacious",[24] while sometimes "indulging in fact-free mudslinging."[25]

Chen has been called a "rising star" of the Republican Party.[26]

Policy positions [edit]

Healthcare [edit]

Chen is a healthcare policy expert and has argued for repeal of President Obama's healthcare law. More recently, he has noted that changes to Obamacare can help reduce the deficit[27] and that the law is problematic because it distorts the healthcare marketplace.[28]

Taxes and domestic economic plan [edit]

Chen advised Romney on tax policy.[29] He said on August 30, 2012, that Romney would work with Congress on the details of his tax policy once he's sworn in.[30][31] Chen is proposing in part a flat tax, or at least a "flatter" tax, and tax simplification. He said to the Wall Street Journal that Romney offers a tax plan “that is flatter, that is simpler, that will raise the amount of revenue that govt. needs to run properly and run well.”[32] In another interview, Chen said "Tax reform will get our tax code simpler, it’ll get it fairer, it’ll get it flatter, it’ll get it much more efficient."[33]

Chen is a proponent of the Feldstein cap, which is a proposal written about by Martin Feldstein of Harvard University in the New York Times on May 4, 2011, that would cap the tax reduction that each taxpayer could get from tax expenditures to 2 percent of his or her adjusted gross income[34] Chen also has said that Romney would "make permanant" the round of tax cuts from 2001 and 2003 and "pursue fundamental tax reform" in order to "eliminate uncertainty".[35]

On August 27, he noted that part of Romney's plan is to cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit, "switch to a territorial tax system" as incentive for corporations to repatriate funds, and repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT).[36] In the same interview he said that Romney would like to focus tax reform on the middle class, defined as incomes under $250,000 per year, to incentives savings for things other than retirement.[37]

Chen and Romney are advocates for so-called "paycheck protection." This entails passing a law which would keep unions form automatically deducting fees from paychecks for political activities.[38]

Chen said that Romney would get "rid of Dodd-Frank" and replace it with regulation "that works."[39] He said that Romney's plan would instead use more limited regulation with more "reasonable" rules, including those that govern derivatives and "some kind of consumer protection." Chen said, "“The mistake here is to say that somehow because we repealed Dodd-Frank and we get rid of the really burdensome set of regulations that Dodd-Frank put in place, that somehow we’re going back to a dog-eat-dog kind of situation where there’s absolutely no regulation."[40]

China [edit]

Chen has spoken about Romney's policies on China.[41] and has been called "hawkish".[42] Chen views China as a topic that distinguishes Romney in the 2012 campaign.[43] Chen said that Romney plans to maintain the current China and Taiwan policies. He has noted that as China is the largest trading partner with the U.S., Romney "doesn't intend to start a trade war" with China nor will the U.S. "succumb" to China. Chen describes the Romney position as critical of China's "manipulation" of its currency, putting up trade barriers, and infringing on intellectual property rights. Unless China "moves toward such changes," Romney will "hold China accountable."[44]

Other foreign policy views [edit]

Chen accompanied Mitt Romney on his campaign swing through Britain, Israel, and Poland in August 2012[45] and was one of the advisers who approved Romney's criticism of President Obama in the wake of the attack on the embassy in Libya on September 11, 2012, and the resulting death of J. Christopher Stevens.[46]

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