Year Joined

  • 2015

Areas of Expertise

  • Public Service 
  • Education 


  • Lanhee Chen shares approaches to school reopening

    July 20, 2020  |  Bloomberg

  • Lanhee Chen discusses various options during economic slowdown

    August 20, 2019  |  Bloomberg

  • Lanhee Chen on how Senators can improve the Healthcare Bill

    May 12, 2017  |  Townhall

  • Lanhee Chen provides commentary on the heated congressional race in Georgia’s 6th congressional district and its larger implications

    April 19, 2017  |  CNN

  • Lanhee Chen weighs in on Paul Ryan’s new chief of staff

    February 06, 2017  |  The Bulletin

  • Lanhee Chen comments on California’s response to Trump

    February 10, 2017  |  Townhall Review

  • Lanhee Chen Interviewed on CBS News “Face the Nation”

    January 22, 2017  |  CBS News

  • Lanhee Chen interviews on Health Care and New Administration

    January 25, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News

  • Lanhee Chen weighs in on 2017 predictions

    December 29, 2016  |  The Inquisitr

  • Lanhee Chen discusses U.S.-China relations under Trump presidency

    January 09, 2017  |  Bloomberg

  • Lanhee Chen weighs in on likelihood of Affordable Care Act being repealed and replaced

    December 19, 2016  |  California Healthline

  • Lanhee Chen are interviewed on CNN with post-election commentary

    November 20, 2016  |  CNN

  • Lanhee Chen on policy changes under Trump

    November 20, 2016  |  CBS News

  • Lanhee Chen comments on Trump-Romney similarities

    November 20, 2016  |  CNN

  • Lanhee Chen comments on President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda

    November 09, 2016  |  Politico

  • Lanhee Chen comments on GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare

    November 13, 2016  |  The Wall Street Journal

  • Lanhee Chen comments on the future of health care reform

    November 02, 2016  |  Stanford News

  • Lanhee Chen comments on healthcare in political race

    October 25, 2016  |  CNN

  • Lanhee Chen discusses the upcoming federal and California state elections at political roundtable

    October 02, 2016  |  Marina Times

  • Lanhee Chen joins Fireside App startup in an effort to enhance political communication

    October 03, 2016  |  PRNewswire

  • Lanhee Chen speaks of the presidential race on Real Time with Bill Maher

    September 23, 2016  |  Bill Maher

  • Lanhee Chen comments on Presidential nominees receiving classified briefings

    July 29, 2016  |  The Washington Post

  • Lanhee Chen comments on 2016 GOP nomination

    July 19, 2016  |  Politico

  • Lanhee Chen co-writes a column in the Wall Street Journal discussing party allegiances of Asian-Americans and Jewish Americans

    June 15, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal

  • Lanhee Chen is interviewed by tech crunch on the Republican Party’s relationship with Silicon Valley.

    January 21, 2016  |  Tech Crunch

  • Lanhee Chen discusses the importance of Asian American voters to the Republican Party in this year’s elections

    March 11, 2016  |  NBC

  • Lanhee Chen discusses GOP candidates’ positions on foreign policy.

    April 10, 2016  |  Real Clear Politics

  • Lanhee Chen appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to talk about Trump’s recent remarks about a Mexican-American judge

    June 05, 2016  |  NBC

  • Lanhee Chen appeared on Bloomberg’s “All Due Respect” to talk about Trump’s recent remarks about a Mexican-American judge

    June 07, 2016  |  Bloomberg

  • Lanhee Chen opens the Independent Voter Network Business and Leadership Policy Conference with a presentation on Healthcare

    November 17, 2015  |

  • Lanhee Chen discusses how the next President of the United States might address President Obama’s executive actions.

    September 03, 2015  |  Wall Street Journal

  • Lanhee Chen discusses the debate over health care, as well as some GOP candidates’ plans for the future

    September 13, 2015  |  CNN

  • Lanhee Chen joins the campaign of Republican presidential Candidate Senator Marco Rubio.

    September 14, 2015  |  Reuters

  • Lanhee Chen named one of the POLITICO 50 for 2015, a list of “thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.”

    September 15, 2015  |  Politico

  • Lanhee Chen joins Morning Joe to discuss candidates in the 2016 federal elections

    July 28, 2015  |  Free Beacon

  • Lanhee Chen writes on the need for Republicans to propose solutions to ObamaCare

    July 19, 2015  |  Real Clear Politics

  • Lanhee Chen discusses GOP candidates in light of the first Republican Presidential Debate

    August 07, 2015  |  Bloomberg


Lanhee Chen Policy expert, Stanford University


Director of Domestic Studies, Public Policy Program, David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow

Stanford University Hoover Institution

Lanhee J. Chen, PhD, is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; director of Domestic Policy Studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; lecturer in law at Stanford Law School; and an affiliate of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. His current research focuses on health policy, retirement security policy, campaigns and elections, and California policy and politics.

Chen was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as a 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.

A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, he has also served in government, the private sector, and academia. Most recently, he was the senior adviser on policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 election. He frequently provides policy and political commentary on television networks including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC.

Chen was the policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign, as well as Governor Romney’s chief policy adviser; a senior strategist on the campaign; and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. He advised Romney on every major public policy challenge facing the United States and worked with a variety of stakeholders, including the congressional leadership, industry and business interests, and policy experts, to shape the campaign’s issues agenda. In 2012, he was named one of Politico’s “50 Politicos to Watch.”

Chen also served as the deputy campaign manager and policy director of Steve Poizner’s 2010 California gubernatorial campaign, the domestic policy director of Governor Romney’s first presidential bid in 2008, and a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign in 2004.

In the Bush administration, Chen was a senior official at the US Department of Health and Human Services. His private-sector experience includes having been an associate attorney with the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced business litigation. Chen was also the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and worked as a health policy advocate for a major business group in Washington, DC.

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.

Chen currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Junior Statesmen Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Future of Medicare. He is a member of the Committee of 100, a membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans. Chen is also a senior adviser and member of both the International Advisory Council and the Health Advisory Board at APCO Worldwide, a public affairs, communications, and business strategy firm.

Chen earned his PhD and AM in political science from Harvard University, his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his AB 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 Bay Area with his wife and children.


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