Religious Liberty and
Church & State
SAMUEL S. CHEN
Samuel Chen is an award-winning political strategist, television host, author and speaker, and college professor.
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 Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. From 2013-2014, he managed the congressional campaign for U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) and previously served as Dent's Grassroots Director in 2012. Sam as also served as an aide in both houses of Congress, to U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (PA) in the Senate and to Dent in the House of Representatives.
Outside of politics, Chen hosts the news journal talk show Face the Issues for LighthouseTV. 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.
Chen has authored various articles and academic papers and is a frequent speaker on college campuses and at conferences. He additionally serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, where he directs the George S. McElwee Forum for Excellence in Public Service. He has also been a financial advisor for a Fortune 500 financial strategies firm.
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. 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
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.
BEST THING ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA THAT TEXAS DOESN'T HAVE?
Wegmans. There are really no words to explain it properly.
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.
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.