Katie Porter

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Katie Porter
Katie Porter Official Portrait (cropped).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 46)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Matthew Hoffman
(m. 2003; div. 2013)
EducationYale University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Katherine Moore Porter[3] (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 received a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School; 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 the small farming community of Fort Dodge, Iowa.[4][5] Her father was a farmer-turned-banker.[6] Her mother Liz was a founder of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.

After graduating from Phillips Academy,[3][7] Porter attended Yale University, where she majored in American studies, graduating in 1996.[8] Her undergraduate thesis was titled The Effects of Corporate Farming on Rural Community.[9] She was a member of Grace Hopper College (formerly Calhoun College) at Yale.[citation needed] Porter also interned for Chuck Grassley during this time.[10]

Porter later attended Harvard Law School, where she was the Notes editor for the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.[11] She studied under current U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctor in 2001.[6]


Porter clerked for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in Little Rock.[11] She practiced with the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP in Portland[11] and was the Project Director for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Business Bankruptcy Project.[12][13][14][11][15][16] Porter was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Law.[11] In 2005, she joined the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law as an associate law professor,[11] becoming a full professor there in 2011[17] before joining the faculty as a tenured professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2011.[8][18]

Porter's textbook Modern Consumer Law addresses consumer laws in light of Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[19]

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.[20] As monitor, she oversaw the banks' implementation of $9.5 billion in settlement reforms for Californians.[21]

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.[22][23][24] She defeated Walters[25] to become the first Democrat to represent the 45th district or its predecessors since it was created in 1953.[26][27] The district was the 28th from 1953 to 1963, the 35th from 1963 to 1973, the 39th from 1973 to 1975, the 40th from 1975 to 1993, the 47th from 1993 to 2003, the 48th from 2003 to 2013, and has been the 45th since 2013.

Porter's victory was part of a Democratic sweep of Orange County, a historically conservative county. For the first time since 1936, the Democrats took all four previously held Republican seats (including Porter's) in Orange County. They now hold all seven seats in the county.[citation needed]

Porter did not accept corporate PAC money in her bid for Congress.[28] 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.[29] Porter has cited an overhaul of campaign finance laws and protection of voting rights as legislative priorities.[28]

Help America Run Act[edit]

In March 2019, Porter introduced the "Help America Run Act" (H.R.1623), a bill that would allow people running for the House or Senate to use campaign contributions to pay for healthcare premiums, elder care, child care and dependent care. The bill passed the House in October 2019 and moved on to the Senate for a final vote.[30]

Congressional questioning[edit]

Porter has earned a reputation for tough and pointed questioning of officials during congressional hearings, often using visual aids such as whiteboards.[31][32]

She has attracted attention for her questioning on the House Financial Services Committee. In March 2019, her questioning caught Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan contradicting what his corporate lawyers were arguing in court, in that statements he had previously made pledging transparency were "corporate puffery", according to documents lawyers submitted.[33][31] In April 2019, Porter drew attention for her questioning of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon about how a Chase bank teller should make up a $567 shortfall between her monthly budget and her paycheck.[34] In May 2019, she asked Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson about "REOs", real-estate owned properties, which he confused with Oreo cookies.[35] She also asked Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Kathy Kraninger to solve some math problems about annual percentage rates on payday loans, which Kraninger declined to do.[34]

In March 2020, Porter used five minutes of questioning to get the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert R. Redfield, to agree to use its legal authority to make testing for the COVID-19 virus free for all Americans.[32]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

In 2003 Porter married Matthew Hoffman, with whom she has three children. During her campaign, she said her marriage was marked by physical and mental abuse. According to Porter, Hoffman punched her, shoved her one-year-old daughter across the kitchen, threatened to kill himself, and hurled profane insults at her family.[37] She took out a protective order against him.[4] The same year, they divorced. Porter is now a single mother with custody of their children.[1] Porter is the only single mother of young children in Congress. Her daughter, Betsy, is named after Elizabeth Warren.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Katie Porter's Ex-Husband Matthew Hoffman". wagpolitics. November 1, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2020. They divorced in 2013 and Porter has custody of their children. ... He now sees the children four times a year.
  2. ^ "Matt Hoffman, Intake Advocate". Disability Rights Oregon. June 5, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Phillips Academy Order of Exercises at Exhibition, 1992" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b Pasley, James (October 24, 2019). "The life of Rep. Katie Porter: How a self-proclaimed 'minivan-driving mom' is holding Wall Street and Facebook to the fire". Business Insider. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Gordon, Eric A. (September 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Battles Right Wing Republican in California's Orange County". People's World. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only To Have It Used Against Her In Her Campaign". HuffPost.
  7. ^ Pasley, James (October 24, 2019). "The life of Rep. Katie Porter: How a self-proclaimed 'minivan-driving mom' is holding Wall Street and Facebook to the fire". Business Insider.
  8. ^ a b "Faculty Profile: Katherine Porter". UCI Law. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Arosen, Gavin (November 16, 2018). "Former Iowa Law Professor Katie Porter Elected to Congress in California". Iowa Informer. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Adler, Kayla Webley (August 3, 2020). "Being Everywoman Is Katie Porter's Superpower". ELLE. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Katherine Porter - Faculty Bibliography". Law Library - University of Iowa College of Law. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Business Bankruptcy Project is a five-year empirical study of about 3,200 business cases originally filed in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 in 23 judicial districts during 1994." https://ssrn.com/abstract=194750 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.194750
  13. ^ Warren, Elizabeth; Westbrook, Jay Lawrence (1994). "Searching for Reorganization Realities". Washington University Law Quarterly. Washington University in St. Louis. 72 (3): 1257. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Elizabeth Warren & Jay Lawrence Westbrook, Financial Characteristics of Businesses in Bankruptcy, 73 AM. BANKR. L.J. 499 (1999)
  15. ^ Warren, Elizabeth; Westbrook, Jay Lawrence (January 1, 2000). "Financial Characteristics of Businesses in Bankruptcy". SSRN 194750. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ "The Business Bankruptcy Project is a five-year empirical study of about 3,200 business cases originally filed in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 in 23 judicial districts during 1994." https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/19234904_Elizabeth_Warren
  17. ^ "Katherine M. Porter - Faculty - The University of Iowa College of Law - College of Law - The University of Iowa". July 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  18. ^ "Elizabeth Warren's Protégée Is Running for Congress in Orange County—and Might Actually Win". Mother Jones. May 29, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "About the Book: Modern Consumer Law". Aspen Law School. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "California AG says mortgage servicers slow to adopt settlement changes". Housing Wire. August 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Sarah D. Wire. "UC Irvine law professor to challenge Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County's 45th District". Latimes.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  23. ^ Aronsen, Gavin (November 16, 2018). "Former Iowa Law Professor Katie Porter Elected to Congress in California". Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ McMillan, Rob (November 18, 2018). "Democrat Katie Porter flips longtime Republican district in Orange County". ABC 7 Los Angeles. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  27. ^ Goodyear, Dana. "Katie Porter's Quest to Turn Orange County, California, Blue". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ Bowman, Bridget (October 1, 2018). "Democratic Poll Shows Tight Race in California's 45th District". Roll Call. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  30. ^ Shugerman, Emily (October 31, 2019). "Rep. Katie Hill Blasts 'Misogynistic Culture' in Exit Speech". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  31. ^ a b Shure, Natalie (November 18, 2019). "The Congresswoman Who Has Gone Viral for Embarrassing the Worst of the 1 Percent". Vice. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  32. ^ a b Bassett, Laura (March 13, 2020). "Katie Porter Grilling the CDC Chief Is the Leadership We Desperately Need". GQ. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  33. ^ Merle, Renae (March 14, 2019). "The newest threat to Wall Street is a House freshman you've probably never heard of". Washington Post. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  34. ^ a b Bobic, Igor (April 21, 2019). "How Freshman Rep. Katie Porter Puts Wall Street In The Hot Seat". HuffPost. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  35. ^ CNN, Caroline Kelly (May 21, 2019). "A lawmaker asked Carson about foreclosure properties. He thought she was talking about Oreos". CNN. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  36. ^ "Pelosi Announces New Appointments to the Oversight and Reform Committee for the 116th Congress". Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 17, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  37. ^ Bassett, Laura (May 11, 2018). "Katie Porter Survived Domestic Abuse, Only to Have It Used Against Her in Her Campaign". Huffington Post.


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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