In November 2014, Devon Mathis was elected to represent California’s 26th Assembly District, which encompasses Tulare, Inyo and a portion of Kern Counties.
The middle child of six children, Devon was born and raised in the heart of California’s central valley. This all-American boy was raised with small town values and a love of his country. After graduating from Reedley High School in 2001, Devon joined the United States Army National Guard where he served as Sergeant for nearly 10 years, including 2 combat tours to Iraq. As Squad Leader of the 1114th Transportation Company, his leadership guaranteed 100% accountability and completion of all missions.
During Devon’s second tour in Iraq, he sustained major injuries from a road side bomb attack in 2008 which gained him a Purple Heart. After returning home, Devon went through extensive VA therapy. This road to recovery prepared him for a return to civilian life and to his college success.
In 2009, Devon started college at Porterville City College and soon became the Veterans Club President. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society also took notice of Devon’s abilities and made him their Secretary. Devon completed his studies in counseling and graduated with an AA in Social Science in 2011.
When he transferred to Fresno State University, he changed majors from Psychology to Public Administration. Devon focused his studies on Public, Non-Government Organizations/Community Based Organizations, Government and Hospital Administration practices, earning himself a BA in Public Administration and graduating as the President of the Veterans Fraternity.
While at Fresno State, Devon was recruited by the Golden Key Honors Society and by Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity. He lead several community service projects, fundraisers and community outreach programs. Devon also sat on discussion boards, was invited to be an expert guest on both the radio and news shows, among countless other activities in his community.
In 2012, Devon met his wife Aubrey. They combined their families in 2014 and welcomed a set of twins, Maggie and Jefferson on December 1, 2014, roughly 9 hours before Devon was sworn into office as a California Assemblyman. The Mathis family has made their home in Visalia, CA.
Assembly Speaker Tony Atkins recognized Devon’s many life experiences, which make him a valuable asset to the 2015-2016 Assembly and appointed him Vice Chair on the Veteran Affairs Committee. In addition to the Veteran Affairs Committee, Devon was appointed to serve on the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, Agriculture Committee, Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, and the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee.