Congressman Nunes grew up on a family farm in Tulare County that was operated by his family for three generations. The Nunes family came from São Jorge in the Azores.
After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Business and a Master's Degree in Agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Congressman Nunes returned to work on the family farm. His first election was to the Board of Trustees of the College of Sequoias where he served two terms on the board. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as California State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. In 2002, he decided to run for the House of Representatives in California's 21st congressional district, which was a new district created through redistricting.
Congressman Nunes currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a Member of Congress, he believes there is no greater responsibility than keeping our country safe. He also believes that Members of Congress have an obligation to reduce the size of the federal government and return power to state and local governments - and ultimately to the American people.
“Our Founding Fathers created the House of Representatives as the People's House. I am honored that the people elected me to be their representative in Washington, D.C. The people elected me to make a difference in Washington. D.C. There is no greater honor for me than to be their voice in Congress for water, agriculture, jobs, lower taxes, and less government regulation.” - Congressman Devin Nunes