Congresswoman Mimi Walters represents the 45th Congressional District of California and currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She previously served in the California State Senate from 2008-2014, where she represented California's 37th State Senate District. Prior to serving in the Senate, she served two two-year terms in the State Assembly.
Mimi began her career in public service as a member of the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996, where she was a leading voice for fiscally responsible government and local control. She also served as the City’s mayor in 2000.
Mimi 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, and Kidder Peabody & Company.
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, Mimi 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. The Orange County Republican Party has awarded her with three honors: Local Elected Official of the Year in 1997; Volunteer of the Year in 1998; and Legislator of the Year in 2005.
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.
Mimi 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 four children.