Devon Mathis

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Devon Mathis
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 26th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Connie Conway
Personal details
Born (1982-09-21) September 21, 1982 (age 35)
Porterville, California
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amber Gomez (divorced)
Children 3
Residence Visalia, California
Occupation Politician

Devon John Mathis is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Republican representing the 26th District, encompassing southeastern parts of the Central Valley. His election in 2014 was a surprise to many when he defeated Woodlake Mayor Rudy Mendoza, a fellow Republican who was better known and had much support from established Republicans. Mendoza sought a rematch in 2016, but Mathis defeated him again in the primary. Mathis, who had no previous political experience, ran on his status as a former US Army sergeant and veterans advocate. However, a controversy arose when it was revealed that he had been collecting both his 100% VA disability benefits and his state salary as an Assemblyman, including benefits.

In July 2017 Mathis, along with four other Republican assemblymen, voted "Yes" on AB 398 to extend California's Cap and Trade program.

Allegations of sexual assault[edit]

In October 2017 it was announced by the Sacramento (CA) Police Department that Mathis was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault against a female member of his staff. A conservative political blog, American Children First, reported that sources had informed them that Mathis and several staff members had gone out drinking and returned to the home of one of the staff members. There, it was alleged, an inebriated female staff member had gone into a bedroom and passed out on the bed, and Mathis was alleged to have "digitallly penetrated" her while she was unconscious. Regarding this incident, Mathis' office released this statement: “We have a policy of not responding to unsubstantiated, random social media posts.” A spokesman for the Sacramento Police Dept. said that “information of a possible sexual assault was brought to our attention. We are starting to follow up with the information we have."[1]

Other allegations[edit]

During his bitter divorce from his e-wife, he was accused of child abuse and neglect by her. In once instance, she claimed, he threw a knife at their 3-year old son. Former staffers and others claimed to have seen him drunk on the job. Some legislators claim he has a history of going back on his word and breaking promises on key votes. In November of 2017, the Tulare County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution calling on Mathis to resign.[2]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 26th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rudy Mendoza 18,648 40.3
Republican Devon Mathis 9,497 20.5
Democratic Carlton Jones 7,943 17.2
Democratic Ruben Macareno 3,755 8.1
Democratic Derek A. Thomas 2,872 6.2
Republican Teresita "Tess" Andres 2,092 4.5
Republican Esther Barajas 1,473 3.2
Total votes 46,280 100.0
General election
Republican Devon Mathis 34,683 53.6
Republican Rudy Mendoza 29,991 46.4
Total votes 64,674 100.0
Republican hold

2016 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 26th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Devon Mathis (incumbent) 28,563 42.4
Democratic Ruben Macareno 20,536 30.5
Republican Rudy Mendoza 18,216 27.1
Total votes 67,315 100.0
General election
Republican Devon Mathis (incumbent) 76,289 63.3
Democratic Ruben Macareno 44,205 36.7
Total votes 120,494 100.0
Republican hold

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