|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 26th district
|Assumed office |
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Connie Conway|
Devon John Mathis
September 21, 1982
Porterville, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Amber Gomez (divorced)|
|Residence||Visalia, California, U.S.|
|Education||Porterville College (AA)|
California State University, Fresno (BA)
Early life and educationEdit
Mathis was born in Porterville, California. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Porterville College and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno.
Before joining the Assembly, Devon served for 10 years as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard, including two tours in Iraq. During his second tour in Iraq, Devon was severely injured in a roadside bomb attack, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart.
In 2014, he unexpectedly defeated Woodlake Mayor Rudy Mendoza, a fellow Republican who was better known and had more 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 United States 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.
In 2018, Mathis faced a Republican primary challenge, winning only 30% of the vote, narrowly defeating Republican Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler. But in the November runoff, he rallied and defeated Democratic Tulare City Councilman Jose Sigala with 58% of the vote.
Mathis was not seriously challenged in 2020.
Devon and his wife Aubrey live in Visalia with their five children.
Allegations of sexual assaultEdit
In October 2017 it was announced by the Sacramento 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 "digitally penetrated" her while she was unconscious.
Regarding the 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 Department. said that “information of a possible sexual assault was brought to our attention. We are starting to follow up with the information we have."
California Assembly officials disciplined Mathis for violating the chamber's sexual harassment policy. They found that he frequently engaged in the utterance of coarse language and made sexual remarks about fellow lawmakers.
2014 California State AssemblyEdit
|Democratic||Derek A. Thomas||2,872||6.2|
|Republican||Teresita "Tess" Andres||2,092||4.5|
2016 California State AssemblyEdit
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||28,563||42.4|
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||76,289||63.3|
2018 California State AssemblyEdit
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||19,081||30.3|
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||62,629||57.9|
2020 California State AssemblyEdit
|Republican||Devon Mathis (incumbent)||45,958||62.2%|
- "Mathis sworn in for third term, named to Republican leadership post". Valley Voice. December 5, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "Source: California State Legislator Sexually Assaulted Unconscious Staffer after Night Out Drinking". American Children First. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
- Griswold, Lewis (October 20, 2017). "Assemblyman Mathis being investigated by Sacramento police for alleged sexual assault". Fresno Bee.
- Mason, Melanie (July 11, 2018). "California legislative investigation finds Assemblyman Devon Mathis violated sexual harassment policy". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-14.