Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is retiring from his seat in the House and will start work as CEO for the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) in January 2022.
In a statement, Nunes said that it is time to “reopen the internet” and to let ideas and expression flow freely and “without censorship.” He added that America brought the dream of the internet into reality and that an American company will “restore the dream.”
Nunes said that he is “humbled and honored” to be asked by President Trump to lead TMTG’s mission and assemble the world-class team.
Nunes was first elected to the House from California’s 22nd congressional district in 2002 and has been strongly allied with President Trump. Trump awarded Nunes the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January of this year. Nunes voted to challenge Joe Biden’s claim to victory in the Electoral College on January 6.
His district sits in the San Joaquin Valley and includes eastern Fresno County and western Tulare County. In the redistricting this year after the 2020 census, the Democratic California state assembly is expected to redistrict the Central Valley area, making Nunes’ new proposed district much more heavily Democratic.
Nunes received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, and a master’s in agriculture from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Before he was elected to Congress, he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 to serve in the Department of Agriculture as director of rural development in California.
Trump, acting as chairman of the board for TMTG, issued a statement calling Nunes a “fighter and a leader” who will make an excellent CEO of the company. Trump added that Nunes knows that America must stop the “liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great.”
TMTG has recently raised more than $1 billion from various investors and will begin operating TRUTH Social in early 2022. TRUTH Social is expected to operate a full-service free speech social media platform to compete with existing tech giants.