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Lanhee Chen Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University


Lanhee J. CHEN, Ph.D. 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; and an affiliate of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His current research focuses on health policy, retirement security policy, campaigns and elections, and California policy and politics. Specifically, Chen’s work in health policy has focused on Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, and the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on states, private enterprises, and all parts of the health care economy.

Chen is 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.

A veteran of several high-profile political campaigns, Chen has also served in government, the private sector, and academia. He most recently advised the presidential campaign of Senator Marco Rubio and in 2014 was Senior Adviser on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

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.

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