Devin Gerald Nunes (/ˈnuːˌnɛs/; born October 1, 1973) is a politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 22nd congressional district since 2003. A Republican, he serves as chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of President Trump’s transition team. Nunes’s district, numbered as the 21st from 2003 to 2013, is in the San Joaquin Valley and includes most of western Tulare County and much of eastern Fresno County.
In early 2017, he was criticized for bias in a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. On April 6, 2017, he temporarily stepped aside from leading that investigation while the Office of Congressional Ethics investigates charges that he improperly disclosed classified information to the public, but he remains committee chairman for other purposes. Nunes has denied the allegations. The Office of Congressional Ethics later cleared Nunes of allegations that he disclosed classified information to the public. His attacks on the FBI and the investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller have created concerns about GOP efforts to halt the investigation and to protect Trump from any allegations against him.
Nunes was born on October 1, 1973, in Tulare, California, the older of two sons born to Anthony and Diane Nunes. His family has operated a farm in Tulare County for three generations. The Nunes family is of Portuguese descent, immigrating from the Azores to California. After receiving his associate of arts degree from the College of the Sequoias, Nunes graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agriculture.
In 2009, Nunes wrote in The Wall Street Journal that he became an entrepreneur at age 14 when he bought seven head of young cattle, learning quickly how to profit from his investment.
In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as California State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development section.