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SAMUEL S. CHEN

PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR

Samuel Chen is an award-winning political scientist, analyst, and strategist.

He founded The Liddell Group in 2015 and has served in a variety of roles with various presidential candidates, governors, members of Congress, and state and local officials. Prior to launching TLG, Chen served as a political director to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and managed the congressional campaign for U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent. Chen has also served as an aide in both houses of Congress - to Dent in the House of Representatives and to U.S. Senator Pat Toomey in the Senate.

Chen additionally teaches and directs the political science program at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, where he also directs the George S. McElwee Forum for Excellence in Public Service. He serves a member of the American Enterprise Institue's Conservative Education Reform Network (CERN) and Leadership Network (LN) and is a frequent speaker on college campuses and at various conferences.

Outside of politics, Chen hosts the news journal talk show Face the Issues and makes frequent appearances as a political analyst for a variety of media outlets. He is the author of Thirteen Minutes: Winning, Losing, and Living as Taught by the 2016 Election, in which he reflects on the 2016 presidential campaign en route to sharing lessons of both life and politics.

 

In 2017, Chen was named by City & State PA to their "40 Under 40" list of leaders in government and politics and in 2014, he received the Rising Star designation from PoliticsPA and was named to their "30 Under 30" list for political operatives. He serves as a judge for the prestigious Pollie Awards, hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants and dubbed by Esquire magazine as the "Oscars of political advertising," and was named their 2019 Outstanding Judge of the Year.  He has additionally received various accolades for his work in higher education and academia

A proud alumnus of Baylor University, Chen holds degrees in philosophy, political science, and church-state studies and has also completed studies in homeland security and emergency management from the Valley Forge Military College. During his time in Waco, Texas, he also served as a government policy stakeholder for the Greater Waco Education Alliance. He remains involved with his alma mater through their Baylor in Washington program.

FAST FACTS: SAM CHEN

SCHOOL?

Baylor born and Baylor bred and when I die, I'll be Baylor dead.  Sic 'em, Bears.

 

FIRST INTERESTED IN POLITICS?

1996 Presidential Debate between President Clinton and Senator Dole.

 

BIGGEST PET PEEVE IN POLITICS?

I have two: 1) the mind-boggling level of importance placed on yard signs and

2) the incessant cry that "this  is the most important election of our lifetimes".

Both are grossly overstated.​

 

BEST MOVIE THE LAST DECADE?

The King's Speech (2010)

 

WAWA OR SHEETZ?

Buc-ee's. Wawa. Sheetz. In that order.

 

YOU SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN TEXAS, DO YOU HAVE A TEXAN HABIT THAT YOUR OTHER FRIENDS JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND?

There are so many, but I get the most grief for putting salsa on my eggs.

YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT YOUR TIME IN TEXAS, WHAT IS THE BEST THING FROM YOUR HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS THAT TEXAS DOESN'T HAVE?

Wegmans.  H-E-B Central Market in Texas is close, but not quite there. After Wegmans, having all four seasons is a close second.

BEST ADVICE FOR PEOPLE VISITING WASHINGTON, DC?

Stand on the right, walk on the left.

 

HOUSE OF CARDS, SCANDAL, OR THE WEST WING?

Politicos see their jobs as The West Wing, others see it as Scandal, but it's really House of Cards.

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