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Mimi Walters

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Mimi Walters
Mimi Walters official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 45
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Campbell (R)
Leadership
Assistant Republican Leader, California State Assembly
2010
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$6,119,143
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate
2008-2014
California State Assembly
2005-2010
Mayor, City of Laguna Niguel
2000
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles, 1984
Personal
Date of birth5/14/1962
ProfessionInvestment Executive, Drexel, Burnham and Lambert
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mimi Walters campaign logo
Mimi Walters is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing California's 45th Congressional District. Walters won election in 2014.[1] She defeated Drew Leavens (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Walters is a former member of the California State Senate, representing District 37 from 2008 to 2014. Prior to joining the senate, Walters was a member of the California State Assembly from 2004-2008, where she had a leadership role as the Assistant Republican Leader.

Biography

Walters earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 1984. Her professional experience includes working as an investment advisor at Drexel, Burnham and Lambert.

Walters chaired the Border Police Initiative in Orange County in 2005 and the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority. She gained political experience as the co-chair of the Orange County branch of the Gray Davis recall campaign. In 2006, she was the honorary statewide chair of the Protect Our Homes Coalition, which advocated on behalf of Proposition 90. She has also served as a city council member and mayor in Laguna Niguel.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Walters' academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Walters serves on the following committees:[4]

California Senate

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Walters served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-chair
Banking and Financial Institutions
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Public Employment and Retirement, Vice-chair
Emergency Management
Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Legislative Budget

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Walters served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Walters served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Walters' campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Debt & Spending: "America faces a $17 trillion debt, an unsustainable amount. We must face the challenge of reducing spending and debt for the benefit of our nation and future generations of Americans. Debt reduction should start with scaling back the size and scope of the federal government, which has grown too big and too powerful."
  • Taxes: "Taxpayers should not be blamed for the government’s reckless spending. Increasing taxes harms our economy and costs jobs. Throughout my career I have fought to reduce taxes and will continue to do so as a member of Congress. Lower taxes will create more economic growth, which in turn will create more prosperity."
  • Obamacare & Health Care: "The Obama administration’s takeover of our health care system was wrong and I will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based reforms that protect patient choice, keep costs down and preserve the greatest health system in the world."
  • Jobs & Business: "Small and medium size businesses are the backbone of our economy. They create most of our jobs and help Americans provide for their families."
  • Social Security: "Social Security is more than a government program, it is a bond between the government and its citizens. We must keep our promise to America’s seniors. I will work to preserve the benefits that those at or near retirement have planned their lives around, while also guaranteeing that future generations have the ability to control and plan for their eventual retirements."

[6]

—Mimi Walters' campaign website, http://mimiwalters.com/issues/

Political positions

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California and California Proposition 40, Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan (2012)

In August 2011, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission completed the new Congressional and state legislative maps for the 2012-2020 elections. A referendum began in August 2011 to repeal the Senate map. Among the drive supporters were former Governor Pete Wilson and State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton.[7] Four other GOP senators, including Walters, immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:[8]

Legislative scorecards

Capitol Weekly

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[9][10]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Walters ranked as a 6.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 45th Congressional District elections, 2014

Walters won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 45th District. Walters and Drew Leavens (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Greg Raths (R) and Al Salehi (I). Walters then won the general election on November 4, 2014.[12][1][2]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Walters to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[13]

U.S. House, California District 45 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters 65.1% 106,083
     Democratic Drew Leavens 34.9% 56,819
Total Votes 162,902
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 45 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters 45.1% 39,631
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDrew Leavens 28.1% 24,721
     Republican Greg Raths 24.2% 21,284
     Independent Al Salehi 2.6% 2,317
Total Votes 87,953
Source: California Secretary of State

2012

See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Walters won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 37. She was displaced from her former district by redistricting. She and Steve Young (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. Walters was victorious in the general election on November 6, 2012.[14][15]

California State Senate, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMimi Walters Incumbent 57% 213,086
     Democratic Steve Young 43% 160,595
Total Votes 373,681

2008

In 2008, Walters was elected to the California State Senate, District 33. She finished with 219,068 votes while her opponent Gary Pritchard finished with 157,945 voters.[16] Walters raised $1,265,582 for her campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 33
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mimi Walters (R) 219,068
Gary Pritchard (D) 157,945

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Walters is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Walters raised a total of $6,119,143 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[17]

Mimi Walters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (California, District 45) Won $1,430,178
2012 California State Senate, District 37 Won $810,895
2010 California Treasurer Defeated $1,101,674
2008 California State Senate, District 33 Won $1,265,582
2006 California State Assembly, District 73 Won $725,343
2004 California State Assembly, District 73 Won $785,471
Grand Total Raised $6,119,143

2014

Walters won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Walters' campaign committee raised a total of $1,430,178 and spent $1,323,769.[18] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[19]

Cost per vote

Walters spent $12.48 per vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, California District 45, 2014 - Mimi Walters Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,430,178
Total Spent $1,323,769
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $125,966
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $122,684
Top contributors to Mimi Walters's campaign committee
Western National Group$20,800
Capital Group Companies$15,700
Carlyle Group$15,600
Occidental Petroleum$15,100
Sc Fuels$11,750
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$133,100
Leadership PACs$101,500
Automotive$78,000
Oil & Gas$71,550
Retired$69,900

Below are Walters' FEC reports.

2012

Walters won re-election to the California State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Walters raised a total of $810,895.
California State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mimi Walters's campaign in 2012
California Association of Realtors$14,600
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians$7,800
New Majority PAC$7,800
RMV Community Development, LLC$7,800
McKernan, Thomas V.$7,800
Total Raised in 2012$810,895
Source:Follow the Money

2010 (Off-cycle)

California State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mimi Walters's campaign in 2010
Altria$7,800
Walgreens$7,150
California Association Of Health Facilities$6,220
AT&T$5,400
California Hospital Association$4,600
Total Raised in 2010 $326,039

2008


Senator Walters speaks to California Republican Assembly

In 2008 Walters raised $1,265,582 in campaign donations. Four of her top donors are listed below.[26]

Donor Amount
AT&T $9,200
California Dental Association $8,600
California Physical Therapy Association $7,800
Ketel One Vodka/Nolet Spirits USA $7,200

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[27]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "bills related to due process, privacy rights, equal protection, and criminal justice."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[28]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[29]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

Walters and her husband, David Walters, have four children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roll Call, "GOP Primary Field Grows to Replace Campbell | #CA45," September 5, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "WALTERS, Mimi, (1962 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  5. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 27, 2014
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Los Angeles Times, "Former Gov. Pete Wilson joins effort to upset redistricting plan," August 24, 2011
  8. Sacramento Bee, "Drive to repeal Senate maps gets boost from four GOP senators," August 26, 2011
  9. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  10. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  11. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’" accessed November 21, 2013
  14. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. Open Secrets, "Walters, Mimi," accessed February 3, 2015
  18. Open Secrets, "Mimi Walters 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  19. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Mimi Walters October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  26. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 13, 2014
  27. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  28. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  29. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Campbell
U.S. House, California, District 45
2015-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Bill Emmerson (R)
California State Senate District 37
2008–present
Succeeded by
NA