Katie Porter

Katherine Moore Porter (born January 3, 1974) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party and the first Democrat to be elected to represent California's 45th congressional district. Porter was born on January 3, 1974, and grew up in a small farming community in Iowa. Her father was a farmer-turned-banker. After graduating from Phillips Academy, Porter attended Yale University, where she majored in American studies. Her undergraduate thesis was titled The Effects of Corporate Farming on Rural Community.

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Katie Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMimi Walters
Personal details
Born
Katherine Moore Porter

(1974-01-03) January 3, 1974 (age 45)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children3
EducationYale University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Katherine Moore Porter[1] (born January 3, 1974) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party and the first Democrat to be elected to represent California's 45th congressional district.

Early life and education

Porter was born on January 3, 1974, and grew up in a small farming community in Iowa.[2] Her father was a farmer-turned-banker.[3]

After graduating from Phillips Academy, Porter attended Yale University, where she majored in American studies.[4] Her undergraduate thesis was titled The Effects of Corporate Farming on Rural Community.[5]

Porter later attended Harvard Law School, where she studied under current Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, and graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctor in 2001.[6]

Career

In 2006, Porter joined the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law.[7] In March 2012, California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Porter to be the state's independent monitor of banks in a nationwide $25-billion mortgage settlement.[8] As monitor, she oversaw the banks' implementation of $9.5 billion in settlement reforms for Californians.[9]

Porter is a tenured professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

In the 2018 elections, Porter ran for the United States House of Representatives against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in California's 45th congressional district.[10][11] Porter defeated Walters[12] to become the first Democrat to represent the 45th district or its predecessors since it was created in 1953.[13][14]

Porter did not accept corporate PAC money in her bid for Congress.[15] She was endorsed by End Citizens United, a political action committee seeking to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.[16] Porter has cited an overhaul of campaign finance laws and protection of voting rights as legislative priorities.[17]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Porter is divorced and has three children.[18]

Electoral history

California's 45th Congressional District election, 2018[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Katie Porter 158,906 52.1% +11.5
Republican Mimi Walters 146,383 47.9% -11.5
Majority 12,523 4.2%
Total votes 305,289

See also

References

  1. Phillips Academy Order of Exercises at Exhibition, 1992
  2. Gordon, Eric A. (September 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Battles Right Wing Republican in California's Orange County". People's World. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only To Have It Used Against Her In Her Campaign". HuffPo. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  4. 1 2 "Faculty Profile: Katherine Porter". UCI Law. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  5. Arosen, Gavin (November 16, 2018). "Former Iowa Law Professor Katie Porter Elected to Congress in California". Iowa Informer. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only To Have It Used Against Her In Her Campaign". HuffPo. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  7. "Elizabeth Warren's Protégée Is Running for Congress in Orange County—and Might Actually Win – Mother Jones". Motherjones.com. May 29, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. "California AG says mortgage servicers slow to adopt settlement changes". Housing Wire. August 16, 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  9. Willon, Phil (October 16, 2016). "$25-billion foreclosure settlement was a victory for Kamala Harris in California, but it wasn't perfect". LA Times. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  10. Sarah D. Wire. "UC Irvine law professor to challenge Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County's 45th District". Latimes.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  11. "All the facts on Katie Porter, challenger to Rep. Mimi Walters's re-election bid". Orange County Register. April 3, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  12. "Election 2018: Democrat Katie Porter overtakes Republican Mimi Walters in 45th; 39th House race now a virtual tie as late ballot counts swing left". Orange County Register. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  13. McMillan, Rob (November 18, 2018). "Democrat Katie Porter flips longtime Republican district in Orange County". ABC 7 Los Angeles. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  14. Goodyear, Dana. "Katie Porter's Quest to Turn Orange County, California, Blue". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  15. Graham, Jordan (November 16, 2018). "Congresswoman-elect Katie Porter will take aim at campaign finance and voting rights; backs Pelosi for speaker". OC Register. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  16. Bowman, Bridget (October 1, 2018). "Democratic Poll Shows Tight Race in California's 45th District". Roll Call. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  17. Graham, Jordan (November 16, 2018). "Congresswoman-elect Katie Porter will take aim at campaign finance and voting rights; backs Pelosi for speaker". OC Register. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  18. Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only to Have It Used Against Her in Her Campaign". Huffington Post.
  19. "California's 45th House District Election Results: Katie Porter vs. Mimi Walters". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mimi Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dean Phillips
United States Representatives by seniority
402nd
Succeeded by
Ayanna Pressley
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