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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 45

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Dave Min

Law Professor/Father
29,979 votes (17.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare: Work tirelessly to achieve universal coverage and reduce costs by fighting Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, allowing anyone to buy into Medicare, and protecting access to reproductive choice.
  • Education: Create a brighter future for our children by increasing investment in education from pre-K to college and by working to make college debt free.
  • Environment: Stand up against Trump’s attacks on science and the environment, and combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions and investing in a clean energy economy with sustainable jobs.



Profession:Law Professor, UC Irvine School of Law
Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law (2012–current)


Harvard Law School Juris Doctor (2002)
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Science, Economics (1999)
University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (1999)


My name is Dave Min. I live and work in Irvine, and I am running for Congress because we deserve a representative who actually represents our community and our values. I want my kids to grow up in the same America that attracted my parents and so many immigrants like them to this country—where everyone has a fair shot at the American dream, where we prioritize our environment and the education of our children, and where we maintain the spirit of openness and innovation that makes America so special.

I’ve devoted my career to the goal of building an economy that works for people of all backgrounds. As a young lawyer at the SEC, as a senior Congressional advisor, as a policy director at the Center for American Progress, and as a law professor at UC Irvine, I’ve fought to protect hard-working Americans by making our economy and our markets operate better and more fairly for everyone.

I learned the importance of hard work, education and economic opportunity from my parents. They came to this country from Korea in 1972 for their graduate studies, and ended up settling down to raise my younger brother and me in California. My mom and dad grew up in the aftermath of the Korean War, and like most Koreans from that era, they had an incredibly positive view of Americans, who came from so far away to give their blood, their sweat, and even their lives to help protect and then rebuild South Korea. Like many Koreans from that era, my dad still has an occasional (OK, frequent) hankering for Spam, which was given out by American GIs to struggling Korean families in the aftermath of the war.

I met my wife Jane, who is the most amazing woman I know, while attending Harvard Law School. Jane and I are colleagues at UCI Law, where she teaches Family Law and runs our law school’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Jane is also the founder and director of UC Irvine’s Initiative to End Family Violence, a signature initiative of the university working to find better solutions to the terrible and unfortunately all too common problem of domestic abuse and violence.

We are grateful to be raising our three young children in Irvine. We love Orange County’s vibrance, diversity, and neighborliness, and of course the weather is amazing. To Jane and me, this district represents the very best of America.

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Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,233,709

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Google
Employees of University of California
Employees of University of California, Irvine
Employees of WilmerHale
Employees of Forever 21

More information about contributions

By State:

California 60.03%
New York 14.34%
District of Columbia 6.73%
Maryland 3.17%
Other 15.73%

By Size:

Large contributions (85.39%)
Small contributions (14.61%)

By Type:

From organizations (4.98%)
From individuals (95.02%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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