My name is Dave Min and I live and work in Orange County, where my wife and I both teach law at UC Irvine.  I am running for Congress, because standing up to Donald Trump is the most important thing we can be doing right now to protect our community.  We need to take back the House of Representatives to put a check on the White House, and this is one of the most important districts we need to win to do that. You can read this NYT article that says so here.  

Our current Member of Congress, Republican Mimi Walters, is a rubberstamp for the Trump Administration, with a 100% Trump Score.  Congresswoman Walters has never actually lived in our district and even worse, she won’t come here to hold town hall meetings to listen to the people she is supposed to represent. She doesn’t know what our values are because she doesn’t talk to us. Hillary Clinton won here over Trump by 5.4%, which speaks volumes.  

I am the son of immigrants. I want my three children to grow up in the same America that attracted my parents and so many like them to this country.  An America where everyone has a fair shot at getting a good job and a good education.  An America that continues to expand health care, protect the environment and be the global leader in innovation.  

Now, that’s all under threat by the dangerous policies of the Trump Administration and a Republican Congress that won’t hold it accountable.  

I learned the importance of hard work, education and economic opportunity from my parents. They came to this country from Korea in 1972 for their graduate studies, and ended up settling down to raise my younger brother and me in California. My mom and dad grew up in the aftermath of the Korean War, and like most Koreans from that era, they have an incredibly positive view of Americans, who came from so far away to give their blood, their sweat, and even their lives to help protect and then rebuild South Korea. Like many Koreans from that era, my dad still has an occasional (OK, frequent) hankering for Spam, which was given out by American GIs to struggling Korean families in the aftermath of the war.  

I was proud to attend Harvard Law, where I had a choice to pursue an internship at Goldman Sachs that would have led to a career on Wall Street or to intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where I could start to build a career as a watchdog for the middle class.  My heart was in public service, and I chose to go to the SEC that summer. After graduation, I joined the SEC as an enforcement attorney, protecting the retirement savings of hardworking Americans by investigating and prosecuting financial fraud. I then continued my work advocating for middle class families as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate, policy director at Center for American Progress and now through my academic work as a law professor at UC Irvine. I’m probably most well known for my work on housing finance, and I’ve testified on issues relating to this and other areas like banking stability on six occasions before Congress.  

I met my wife Jane, who is the most amazing woman I know, while attending law school.  I always say meeting her was the best thing that happened during my time at Harvard. Jane and I are colleagues at UCI Law, where she teaches Family Law and runs our law school’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Jane is also the founder and director of UC Irvine’s Initiative to End Family Violence, a signature initiative of the university working to find better solutions to the terrible and unfortunately all too common problem of domestic abuse and violence.  

The 45th District of California is located in the heart of Orange County, which has been steadily becoming more Democratic over the years. We’re a middle-class district that is highly educated and widely diverse. 20% of the population is Asian and 15% is Latino, and our district is home to the highest percentage of households affected by Trump’s travel ban of any district represented by a Republican. Congresswoman Mimi Walters is in her second term and is simply a rubberstamp for Trump, voting with him 100% of the time. Walters was a key architect of Trumpcare, saying in a radio interview that her “constituents will not be hurt” by the bill.  

Local Democratic and progressive leaders have backed my campaign.  I’ve assembled a top notch campaign team, and I continue to build national support, including within the Asian American community but also more broadly. I’m out there every day doing the hard work it takes to win. The theme of our campaign is “Two Degrees of Dave Min” (not the name of my boy band), as our goal is to meet enough people in our district so that every one of our 700,000 residents knows someone who has met me by the end of our campaign. So far, we’ve met nearly 10,000 and I’m out there almost every night trying to meet more. Follow me on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and you’ll see this isn’t just an empty campaign slogan.

  I am opposed to Mimi Walters on a broad set of issues, including the economy, health care, the environment, women’s rights, and retirement security.  This is going to be a long and difficult campaign but with your help, we can stand up to Donald Trump and Mimi Walters. Sign up on my website and consider giving $25 to help me defeat Mimi Walters in 2018!


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  • Edward endorsed

    “Dave is the right choice for the 45th! Not only that - but he can win in the general. Go Dave!”

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    “Dave is the right choice for the 45th! Not only that - but he can win in the general. Go Dave!”

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    “He will work for Ava rage Americans.”

  • Henry endorsed

    “He is a strong progressive voice and will stand with the people of California 45th Congressional District.”