People Over Politics

Re-elect Devon Mathis for State Assembly

ABOUT DEVON

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.


PLATFORM

I believe in putting people over politics. The people of the 26th Assembly District elected me to represent them in the district and in Sacramento. I work for them first.

It is time our legislature put aside the petty differences that have led us to the state we are in today and get to work on rebuilding the infrastructure of this State. We must fix and rebuild our transportation system, work to modernize our power grid and we have to find a real, permanent, and fair solution to the water issues we face.


ISSUES

Water


It’s time we get our water back that the politicians in Sacramento have been mismanaging. We need to stop sending needed water out into the ocean. We need to start finding new sources of water, putting into place storage methods, and addressing misuse. Lack of water is causing a loss of jobs and higher prices for our food. We need to find actual solutions to this problem – not ones that have failed time and again.

Jobs


Regulations and outrageous tax burdens are kicking business and well paying jobs out of the state. We need legislators who know how an economy grows and who let entrepreneurs and small business create jobs and innovation. This will raise the standard of living for everyone.

Education


Our schools, children, and teachers need some serious help. We need to restore our education system. This helps lead to a better-educated work force and lower crime rates. We need to protect our children from slipping through the cracks. We need to get back to the days where parents and teachers work together. We also need to take care of children with special needs. As a father of a child with autism, I know the pain of sitting in an Individualized Education Program meeting and being told that my son is struggling.

High Speed Rail


I am absolutely opposed to the High Speed Rail project. It’s costing more than we were promised and would tear up perfectly good farmland in our district. We need to focus that money on repairing our aging infrastructure, bettering our water transport methods, building water storage facilities, and repairing our roads and bridges. We don’t need another wasteful project that will drag us deeper into debt.

2nd Amendment


Pro 2nd Amendment? Yes and amen! One of my favorite quotes was given to the Japanese Emperor during WWII, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass” – Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Coming from the Army National Guard, I believe that we should uphold our 2nd Amendment rights and not add further useless gun regulation when we are already failing to use the regulations we have. We have a mental health problem in this country that needs to be addressed in order to keep our children safe.


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