Mimi Walters

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Mimi Walters
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 45
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
California State Senate District 37
In office
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 6
Assistant Republican Leader, California State Assembly
Base salary$90,526/year
Per diem$141.86/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Mayor, City of Laguna Niguel
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles, 1984
ProfessionInvestment Executive, Drexel, Burnham and Lambert
Campaign website
Mimi Walters campaign logo
Mimi Walters is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 37. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

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.

Walters is seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 45th Congressional District of California in 2014.[1]


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.

Committee assignments


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


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


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


Campaign themes


Walters' campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • 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."


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

Political positions


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. Supporters have until November 13, 2011 to collect the 504,760 signatures that are required to qualify the measure for the ballot. Among the drive supporters are former Governor Pete Wilson and State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton.[4] Four other GOP senators immediately contributed more than $5,000 to the referendum group FAIR:[5]

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.[6][7]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Walters ranked as a 6.[8]



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

Walters is running 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). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[9][1]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Walters to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[10]

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


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 current 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.[11][12]

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


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.[13] 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 information for Walters is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Walters raised a total of $4,688,965 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.[14]

Mimi Walters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
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 $4,688,965


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walters's reports.

Mimi Walters (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2013$0.00$444,487.12$(49,682.76)$394,804.36
Year-End[16]January 31, 2014$394,804$179,272$(149,827)$424,250
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$424,250$149,049$(238,574)$334,724
Pre-Primary[18]May 22, 2014$334,724$96,487$(265,283)$165,928
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$165,928$110,607$(134,722)$141,814
Running totals


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
California Association Of Health Facilities$6,220
California Hospital Association$4,600
Total Raised in 2010 $326,039


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.[20]

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


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

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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 Arizona 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.


In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[21]


In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[22]


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

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