Katie Porter for Congress

Meet Katie

I’m running for Congress to continue holding powerful special interests in Washington accountable on behalf of Orange County families. I will continue to stand with Orange County families 100% of the time. 

Prior to being elected in 2018 I was a consumer protection advocate and professor at UC Irvine. Much of my work centered around the housing crisis that rocked Orange County and many other parts of the country. Before the crisis, I was one of the first to sound the alarm about how the biggest Wall Street banks were preying on homeowners. And when the crisis hit, I was appointed by then Attorney General Kamala Harris to work directly with California families who were cheated by the five biggest Wall Street banks.

The five banks had promised to help homeowners who had been harmed, and it was my job to hold the banks’ feet to the fire. My team won thousands of victories against the banks, forcing them to pay billions to families. And our work helped tens of thousands of families move forward with their lives.

But for so many families across the country, the harm had already been done. Politicians in Washington bailed out the banks in a matter of days, but middle-class families waited years for help from Washington — help that never came.

Over a decade after the crash, Orange County families still find themselves stuck. Profits are surging for major corporations, but middle-class wages are stagnant. And the cost of things that matter most for families — affording childcare, sending your kid to college, paying for your prescription — are skyrocketing, while the high cost of housing in Orange County is pushing families to the brink.

California families want to move up the economic ladder and provide financial security for their families. But too often, families who play by the rules still find themselves at the mercy of a system that favors powerful special interests that buy influence in Washington. I’m proud to be a leading voice for rooting out corruption in Congress, which is why my campaign doesn’t take a single cent from corporate PACs, lobbyists, or executives at Wall Street banks, Big Oil companies, or Big Pharma firms.

I’m running for re-election to continue the work I’ve always done – to take on powerful special interests, lower costs for families, and secure a sustainable future for future generations. As a single mom to three kids, I know there’s no time to waste.

You can read more about the work I’ve done and my stances on issues by clicking here.

 

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