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 Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He is also a columnist with Bloomberg View. His current research focuses on health policy, retirement security policy, campaigns and elections, and California policy and politics.
Lanhee was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. 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 Advisor on Policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) during the 2014 election cycle. He frequently provides policy and political commentary on television networks including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC.
Lanhee 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.”
Lanhee 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.
In high school, Lanhee founded the JSA chapter at John A. Rowland High School (Rowland Heights, CA — Southern California) in 1992 and was Chapter President through the 1993-94 academic year. He also served in the Angeles Region cabinet during that year.