As part of an attempt by Democrats to flip Congress from a Republican to a Democratic majority during the 2018 elections, Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California in Irvine, has announced she will run against incumbent Mimi Walters for the seat in the 45th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mimi Walters is considered one of the 20 most vulnerable Representatives in Congress because she was elected by only a slim Republican majority in a District which was carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Katie Porter will run as a Democrat in her effort to unseat Ms. Walters.
Katie Porter has already been endorsed by two powerful U.S. Senators, Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Kamala Harris from California. Ms. Porter is currently a law professor at the University of California in Irvine, specializing in bankruptcy, commercial and consumer law. As a result, when Senator Kamala Harris was the California Attorney General, prior to becoming a Senator from California, she appointed Katie Porter to be an independent monitor of banks in 2012. In that position, Ms. Porter monitored the distribution of California’s portion of the $25 billion national mortgage foreclosure settlement. Katie Porter told the LA Times, “It was my job to hold those banks accountable.”
Katie Porter became known to Attorney General Kamala Harris because she was “one of the first people to sound the alarm about Wall Street abuses in the housing market.” She brought attention to what she saw as the “widespread fraud” being perpetrated by banks.
In addition to her relationship with Kamala Harris, Katie Porter has also worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren in the past. Together, they co-authored a book on debt and credit law. Elizabeth Warren has said that Katie Porter “fought relentlessly for important protections that safeguard consumers and force banks to give families a fair shake.”
Katie Porter has excellent educational credentials, earning her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
On her website, katieporter.com, she states, “As a consumer advocate, I’ve spent my career fighting Wall Street banks who cheat families. Now, I’m running for Congress to take on Donald Trump and the powerful special interests in Washington on behalf of our families.”
Katie Porter is also an outspoken critic of Mimi Walters who, according to Ms. Porter, “has a 100 percent track record of voting with Donald Trump and supporting his harmful agenda.” Katie Porter believes that linking Mimi Walters to the Trump agenda will be perceived as a negative in a District which has become increasingly more liberal over the past few years.
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