Katie Porter

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Katie Porter
Katie Porter, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMimi Walters
Personal details
Katherine Moore Porter

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

Katherine Moore Porter[1] (born January 3, 1974) is an American law professor, attorney and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 45th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first Democrat to be elected to represent the district, which covers much of south-central Orange County, including Irvine, Tustin and Lake Forest along with large slices of Anaheim and Laguna Niguel. Porter attended Harvard University and Yale University; she most recently taught at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Early life and education[edit]

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 U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctor in 2001.[3]


In 2006, Porter joined the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law.[6] Since 2011, Porter has been a tenured professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.[4] Her textbook Modern Consumer Law addresses consumer laws in light of Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[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]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

H.Res.4663 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) Freedom from Price Gouging Act, sponsored by Porter

In the 2018 elections, Porter ran for the United States House of Representatives against two-term 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] Her victory was part of a Democratic sweep of Orange County, long reckoned as a bastion of suburban conservatism. For the first time since 1936, the Democrats took all four previously held Republican seats (including Porter’s) in Orange County and now hold all seven seats covering the county.

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 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.[16] Porter has cited an overhaul of campaign finance laws and protection of voting rights as legislative priorities.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Porter was previously married to Matthew Hoffman, with whom she has three children. Porter said during her campaign that her marriage was marked by physical and mental abuse.[17] According to Porter, her husband punched her, shoved her one-year-old daughter across the kitchen, threatened to kill himself, and hurled profane insults at her family.[17] The couple divorced in 2013, and Porter is now a single mother with custody of their children.

Electoral history[edit]

California's 45th congressional district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mimi Walters (incumbent) 86,764 51.7
Democratic Katie Porter 34,078 20.3
Democratic Dave Min 29,979 17.8
Democratic Brian Forde 10,107 6.0
No party preference John Graham 3,817 2.3
Democratic Kia Hamadanchy 3,212 1.9
Total votes 167,957 100.0
General election
Democratic Katie Porter 158,906 52.1
Republican Mimi Walters (incumbent) 146,383 47.9
Total votes 305,289 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


  • Modern Consumer Law (Aspen Casebook) (2016), Wolters Kluwer ISBN 978-1454825036

See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "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 December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "About the Book: Modern Consumer Law". AspenLawSchool.com. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "California AG says mortgage servicers slow to adopt settlement changes". Housing Wire. August 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 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. ^ a b 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 December 17, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only to Have It Used Against Her in Her Campaign". Huffington Post.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mimi Walters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 45th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dean Phillips
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Ayanna Pressley