Katie Hill (politician)

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Katie Hill
Katie Hill, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 25th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded bySteve Knight
Personal details
Born
Katherine Lauren Hill

(1987-08-25) August 25, 1987 (age 31)
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kenny Heslep (m. 2010)
EducationCollege of the Canyons
California State University, Northridge (BA, MPA)
WebsiteHouse website

Katherine Lauren Hill (born August 25, 1987) is an American social services administrator and politician from Santa Clarita, California. She is serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 25th congressional district.[1][2] Hill is the former Executive Director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a statewide non-profit organization working to end homelessness throughout California.[3] She is a member of the Democratic Party and defeated incumbent Republican Steve Knight, who had held the office since 2014, in the November 6, 2018, general election.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Hill grew up in the Saugus section of Santa Clarita, California. Her mother, Rachel, is a local registered nurse and her father, Mike, is a police lieutenant.[5] Hill attended public schools in the Santa Clarita Valley before attending California State University, Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master of Public Administration.[6]

Earlier career[edit]

Hill began her career as a policy advocate at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a non-profit organization developing affordable and supportive services for the homeless in California. Later as the Executive Director for PATH, she raised the organization from a local force in Los Angeles County to one of the largest non-profit providers of homes for the homeless in California.[7][better source needed] Hill helped pass a ballot initiative, Measure H, during spring of 2017 to help alleviate homelessness by providing $1.2 billion in funds for homeless services in Los Angeles County.[8][9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

On March 8, 2017, Hill announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for California's 25th congressional district, her home district, challenging incumbent Steve Knight, a Republican who had held the office since 2014.[4] Knight won re-election in 2016, despite Hillary Clinton carrying the district by 7%.[10][11]

Hill received the second most votes in the 2018 California state primary election, advancing her to the November 6, 2018, general election, where she faced incumbent Republican Representative Steve Knight.[12] The congressional race was listed as a "competitive race" by The Washington Post and a "toss up" by The Cook Political Report.[13][14]

Hill was the subject of a documentary-style series of episodes that have been airing on the HBO show Vice News Tonight.[15] Vice News Tonight has documented the Hill campaign as the "most millennial campaign ever" for Congress.[16] Vice News Tonight reportedly planned on doing a follow-up episode regarding Hill's advancement to the general election.[17] In the weeks leading up to the midterm election, Hill was endorsed by former president Barack Obama, who also attended a campaign event in Southern California leading up to the election.[18]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katie Hill 133,209 54.4%
Republican Steve Knight 111,813 45.6%
Total votes 245,022 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

Tenure[edit]

Before the start of the 116th Congress, Hill and Colorado freshman U.S. Representative Joe Neguse were chosen as the freshman class representatives for the Democratic Caucus.[19]

Political positions[edit]

Hill has stated that her top issues in the race are addressing healthcare, rebuilding the middle class with policies that address income inequality and affordable housing, and getting big money out of politics.[9][20][21]

Hill reportedly ran a "grassroots" campaign that didn't accept money from corporate political action committees.[7] In the first quarter of 2018, Hill raised over $400,000, bringing her total to $1,092,025 raised, with more than 9,800 individual contributions and more than 5,100 individual donors.[22]

Hill supports comprehensive immigration reform while working towards greater funding and security along the southern border to counter primarily illegal drug trafficking and other various crimes. Hill also supports some form of physical barrier along certain areas of the southern border.[23] [24][25]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2010, Hill married Kenny Heslep, an artist. They currently reside in Agua Dulce, California, on their farm where they foster rescue animals.[26] Hill also rents an apartment in Washington D.C. with fellow freshman representative Lauren Underwood.[27]

Hill is bisexual.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiskan, Tom (November 8, 2018). "Election results 2018: Katie Hill headed to Congress after incumbent Steve Knight concedes". Ventura County Star.
  2. ^ a b Finnegan, Michael (November 8, 2018). "Republican Rep. Steve Knight concedes to newcomer Katie Hill in north L.A. County district". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Ender, Gina (March 8, 2017)"Katie Hill announces candidacy for congress" The Signal.
  4. ^ a b Panzar, Javier (March 8, 2017). "Democrat Katie Hill will challenge GOP Rep. Steve Knight in 2018" Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Goodyear, Dana (June 12, 2018). "Katie Hill Is a New Kind of California Democrat. Can She Help Flip the House?" The New Yorker.
  6. ^ Herstein, Olivia (December 17, 2018). "Ms. Hill Goes to Washington" CSUN Today.
  7. ^ a b Reynoso, Maria (July 15, 2018) "Young People: If we vote, we can elect Katie Hill in California's 25th Congressional District!" Millennial Politics.
  8. ^ Holt, Jim (February 23, 2017). "Debate weighs pros and cons of Measure H" The Signal.
  9. ^ a b Pramuk, Jacob (April 4, 2018). "The number of women running for office is rising. 7 first-time House candidates explain why they're running in the age of Trump" CNBC.
  10. ^ Will, George (March 21, 2018). Thus, the district remains a top get for democrats to flip in 2018. "Fueled by fury against Trump, Democrats dream of turning California bluer" The Washington Post.
  11. ^ Daily Kos (April 3, 2017). "Katie Hill flips CA-25. CA flips the House. Let's make 2018 happen."
  12. ^ "Katie Hill" Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Rabinowitz, Kate (June 14, 2018). "These women have won their primaries. Will they be elected in November?" The Washington Post.
  14. ^ The Cook Political Report (July 27, 2018). "2018 House Ratings"
  15. ^ Panzar, Javier (May 7, 2018). "Vice News special on California candidate Katie Hill offers unvarnished -- sometimes uncomfortable -- look at campaigning in 2018" Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ Thomas, Shawna (May 17, 2018). "Inside the 'Most Millennial Campaign Ever' for Congress" Vice News.
  17. ^ Lunetta, Caleb (June 8, 2018). "Katie Hill Vice News Documentary Depicts Days Leading Up To Election Night Victory" KHTS HomeTownStation.
  18. ^ "Obama Campaigns for California Dems, Including Bi Woman Katie Hill". 2018-09-08. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  19. ^ Bricker, Brianna (November 29, 2018). "Representative-elect Katie Hill elected to junior leadership role". The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer.
  20. ^ "Katie Hill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)" Vote Smart. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  21. ^ Modesti, Kevin (May 3, 2018). "Katie Hill climbs — literally — in LA area's most-watched House race" Los Angeles Daily News.
  22. ^ Brown, Michael (April 16, 2018). "Katie Hill Leads The Pack In Congressional Campaign Finance" KHTS HomeTownStation.
  23. ^ Hill, Katie (2018-12-28). "A story written today mischaracterizes my position, so let's be clear: We won't waste money on an ineffective wall. We do have to work across the aisle on effective border security, pursue long term immigration reform & stop playing political games that shut down the government". @KatieHill4CA. Retrieved 2018-12-29. line feed character in |title= at position 71 (help)
  24. ^ Painter, Ryan (January 6, 2019). "Rep. Katie HIll discusses government shutdown with constituents at first town hall". The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer.
  25. ^ "Democrat: I'll vote for border barriers". CNN.
  26. ^ Miller, Lindsay (November 11, 2017). "Katie Hill Is Running for Congress — and Speaking Up About Her Unplanned Pregnancy" POPSUGAR.
  27. ^ "Rep. Hill: I just do what I think is right".
  28. ^ Daniels, Jeff (2018-11-08). "Democrat Katie Hill is the apparent winner in California House race, unseating GOP Rep. Steve Knight". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-11-11.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Knight
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 25th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jahana Hayes
United States Representatives by seniority
381st
Succeeded by
Kendra Horn