National Security Professor
With her experience as a naval intelligence officer, a professor, a councilwoman, a community volunteer, and a mother, Casey Lucius would be a superb Representative in the U.S. Congress.
She has had an impressive career as a national security professional, as well as assuming leadership and becoming deeply involved in her community.
Congressional District 20 is an open seat where Democrat Sam Farr is retiring. The district runs from Santa Cruz to southern Monterey County. (See the map and zoom in.)
And after Casey’s recent trip to Washington, D.C., she’s happy to report that the National Republican Congressional Committee considers the district competitive.
Casey Lucius grew up in a low income apartment in Ohio, where her mom was a secretary and her stepdad a factory worker. She thought she wouldn’t be able to attend college, but her stepdad stepped up and cashed in his retirement to provide the funds. She learned that “stepping up” to make a difference is vital.
Casey Lucius started busing tables in restaurants at age 15. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ashland University in Ohio and then worked as a legislative assistant for a state representative in Columbus, which sparked a lifelong interest in government service.
After training as a Naval intelligence officer, Lucius served on the aircraft carrier USS Stennis. The ship deployed to the Persian Gulf, where she worked with SEAL Team 5 on operations to interdict illegal oil exports from Iraq.
In 2000, she moved to Monterey to attend the Naval Postgraduate School, where she earned an M.A. in National Security Affairs focusing on Chinese foreign policy. Casey also met Bob Lucius, now her husband, in a Chinese foreign policy class.
Then Casey was assigned to Pearl Harbor and served as the primary daily intelligence briefer for the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. During this time, she began pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science, focusing on Vietnam’s political decision making process.
In 2005, Casey Lucius left the Navy and moved to Hanoi, Vietnam with her husband, who served as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy. In Hanoi, Casey was hired to work as the Operations Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador. She also finished her Ph.D., taught college classes, and wrote a book on Vietnam’s political process.
In 2008, she and Bob returned to Monterey. Casey began teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School. She has written various research papers and was invited to share her research on China’s strategic resources policy at Harvard University.
You can read some of Dr. Lucius’ publications here.
Amidst her busy life, Casey has always found time to volunteer to help others. In Hawaii she organized the intelligence command center to work on building a Habitat for Humanity home. Even in Vietnam, she and her husband raised $30,000 for leprosy victims, and she volunteered in the orphanages.
After moving to Pacific Grove, Casey Lucius served on the Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Board and then the Traffic Safety Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Jacob’s Heart, which helps families who have children with cancer and on the Advisory Board of Pearl Buck International, which operates orphanages throughout the world.
Since her election to the Pacific Grove City Council, Casey Lucius has represented the Council as a board member, alternate, or liaison to a variety of bodies, including the Water Authority, the Transportation Agency, the Natural Resources Commission, the League of California Cities, and the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, among others.
Casey lives with her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Lucius, USMC (ret), and their son. When she has free time, she likes to run and play legos with her son.
She says, “I believe that our country is at a crossroads both in international affairs and at home. What happens in this election will impact our country for decades to come, which is why it is so important to elect good people to office this year.”