Katie Porter

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RACE SUMMARY: Katie Porter has held this seat in Congress since 2019, and is running for re-election in 2020 against Republican Greg Raths.

VOTING RECORD: Project VoteSmart



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 1/3/1974

EDUCATION: Yale University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)

OCCUPATION: Lawyer, Law Professor

FAMILY: Divorced, 3 children

RELIGION: Episcopal


  • Worked with then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris during financial crisis to manage mortgage settlements
  • Ran for Congress in 2018 and became the first Democrat to win her district since it was created
  • United States House of Representatives, (CA-45) (2019-present)



  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports Israel's right to self defense
  • Supports a strong U.S.-Israel Relationship

  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Stands with Planned Parenthood
  • Strongly supports a woman's right to make her own health care decisions and shape her own future


In Her Own Words

"I will fight any efforts by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, or ban the right to choose. Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick represents a huge threat to women’s rights.  Providing women with access to reproductive healthcare and birth control is not a luxury." 1 

“I will never accept a dime from the gun lobby and I will work to pass commonsense laws to keep our schools and communities safe. I support a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks on all gun sales, and a healthcare system that provides comprehensive mental health treatment." 2

SOURCES: 1) KatiePorter.com  2) KatiePorter.com

Interesting Facts

She is a single working mom.

Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families.