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    Katie Porter

  • Reelect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-47 moving toward progress.



    The Position


    Congressmembers represent and advocate for the needs of their district constituents at the United States Capitol. They are responsible for creating, debating, and voting on legislation that addresses issues within their district.

    The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House of Representatives for a two-year term. California has 53 congressional representatives, the largest delegation in the country. There is no term limit for this position.

    The District


    After redistricting, California’s 47th Congressional District includes parts of Orange County. While Democrats have typically held CD-47, the former CD-45 district was held by Republicans until 2018, when Katie Porter won and flipped CA-45 from red to blue. Of the registered voters in this district, 35% are Republican and 34% are Democrat, and the demographic breakdown is 13% Latino, 19% Asian, and 2% Black. Since the 2021 redistricting process, CA-47 is 0.4% more Republican than it was during the 2020 general election cycle. The most recent election results show that CD-47 voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 11 points and Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018 by 3 points.

    The Race


    There are five candidates running for this seat, including Democrat Incumbent Representative Katie Porter, Democratic challenger William Griffith, and Republican challengers Scott Baugh, Michelle Lyons, and Errol Webber. Rep. Porter’s campaign has raised over $10 million and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, or corporate PAC money. She has received donations from the National Association of Realtors PAC. Errol Webber has raised $176,000, and is not funded by fossil fuel, police, corporate PAC, or real estate money. Michelle Lyons has raised $21,000 and has received individual donations from the real estate industry. William Griffith and Scott Baugh have not filed any fundraising receipts as of January 2021.

    The Recommendation


    Rep. Katie Porter, a consumer protection attorney, is from Fort Dodge, IA, and now resides in Irvine, CA. According to campaign materials, Rep. Porter is running for reelection to continue to advocate for equitable taxation, health-care reform, and consumer protections that will improve the experience of middle-class families. Prior to redistricting, Rep. Porter won her 2020 reelection in the former CD-45 district against Republican challenger Greg Raths by 7 points.

    Rep. Porter’s priorities for her district during this Congress have included 21 bills about consumer protections in health care, political accountability, campaign fundraising regulations, and disaster relief this year, of which one has successfully passed the House. In her first term, she played an instrumental role in advancing legislation to fight against abusive credit card fees. She currently holds leadership roles on two committees: Natural Resources and Oversight and Reform. Rep. Porter has gained notoriety for her expert style of questioning in congressional hearings, and now serves as chair of the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and vice chair of the subcommittee on Government Operations. This year, Rep. Porter has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi, and 96% of the time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Porter spent twenty years protecting working families as a consumer protection attorney. Ahead of the housing crisis in 2008, she issued early warnings of the financial system’s predatory lending, and has a strong track record of winning cases related to financial regulation. In 2012, then California Attorney General Kamala Harris appointed Rep. Porter to oversee banks as they returned over $18 billion to cheated homeowners in the state. Rep. Porter is a longtime tenured professor of Law at University of California-Irvine, and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since her election in 2018.

    Rep. Porter is the deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and has the endorsement of a strong majority progressive groups in the district, including League of Conservation Voters, End Citizens United, NARAL, and Progressive Action PAC. She is also endorsed by many progressive leaders at the state and national level, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Ro Khanna, and former President Barack Obama. Based on our analysis, Rep. Porter’s track record and policy positions demonstrate that she will be a progressive champion for the constituents of CA-47 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
    Last updated: 2022-04-28

    Katie Porter

    Reelect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-47 moving toward progress.



    The Position

    Katie Porter

    Reelect Congressional Representative Katie Porter to keep CA-47 moving toward progress.



    The Position

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