Congresswoman Mimi Walters biographical summary:
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1984
Congresswoman to California's 45th Congressional District
California State Senate, 2008-2014;
California State Assembly, 2004-2008;
Laguna Niguel Mayor & City Council, 1996-2004
Congresswoman Mimi Walters represents the 45th Congressional District of California and currently serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She previously served in the California State Senate from 2008 - 2014, representing California's 37th District of the California State Senate.
Having previously served two, two-year terms in the State Assembly, Walters was overwhelmingly elected to the State Senate in 2008, and reelected in 2012.
Congresswoman Walters possesses a background in both business and local government. Her professional career has included time with the firm of Drexel, Burnham & Lambert as an Investment Executive; subsequently she joined Kidder Peabody & Company.
Congresswoman Walters began her career in public service as a member of the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996. She served as the City’s mayor in 2000, and as a Councilwoman, she was a leading voice for fiscally responsible government and local control.
She is a founder of the California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) and has served on the Boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Laguna Niguel Republican Women Federated, the American Cancer Society, and the South Coast Medical Center Foundation.
A champion for job creation, lower taxes, less intrusive government, and fiscal responsibility, Congresswoman Walters has been active in conservative causes for many years. In 2006, she led the fight against eminent domain abuse by serving as the Honorary Statewide Chair for the Protect Our Homes Coalition. She has won all three awards that are issued by the Orange County Republican Party, being named Local Elected Official of the Year in 1997, Volunteer of the Year in 1998 and Legislator of the Year in 2005.
Most recently, Congresswoman Walters was honored as Legislator of the Year in 2011 by the YMCA, and in 2012 by the American Camps Association. In the State Senate, she served as Vice Chair of the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Public Employment & Retirement. She also served as a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.
Congresswoman Walters graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She and her husband, David, have 4 children.