A consumer advocate who knows how to fight
Katie has spent nearly 20 years as a consumer advocate taking on Wall Street banks and powerful financial institutions that try to take advantage of middle-class families. The daughter of a farmer and a teacher, Katie saw firsthand how the farm crisis of the 1980s hurt families and communities. After graduating from Yale University, she went to Harvard Law School and learned bankruptcy law from influential professor Elizabeth Warren, with whom she co-authored a book on debt and credit law. She has earned her national acclaim for her fights against unfair practices by Wall Street banks, credit card companies, student loan servicers, and predatory lenders. She was teaching law at the University of California - Irvine and raising her three young children in 2012 when then-Attorney General of California Kamala Harris asked Katie to serve as the California Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement. The five biggest Wall Street banks had promised billions in relief to the homeowners they had cheated, and Katie held the banks' feet to the fire — securing $18 billion for California homeowners and helping tens of thousands of families in the state. She has worked to bring down credit card fees and is dedicated to ending the predatory banking practices that hurt women and families. Katie ran for Congress to get our economy working for all Californians and to fight back against a dangerous agenda that puts powerful interests ahead of people and families. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, both United States senators, endorsed Katie’s strong campaign. Katie lives in Irvine with her three children, where she is a longtime leader in her sons’ Cub Scout pack.
A champion for California families
Katie is committed to increasing economic opportunity for middle-class families and taking on the special interests that take unfair advantage of those pursuing the American dream. As a tenured professor, Katie founded a consumer protection legal clinic at the University of California - Irvine. Katie was one of the first people to sound the alarm about Wall Street abuses in the housing market, and she continues to courageously speak truth to power and hold special interests accountable. Katie knows that we cannot take our natural resources for granted, and she works tirelessly to protect our environment for future generations. Katie is proud to live in a community that finds strength in its diversity, and she fiercely defends the rights of the most vulnerable among us as they come under attack.
A victory that turned a red seat blue
Katie successfully ran a strong grassroots campaign. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this powerful advocate for California working families.