|Member of the California State Senate|
from the 37th district
|Assumed office |
December 7, 2020
|Preceded by||John Moorlach|
March 5, 1976
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BS)|
Harvard University (JD)
David "Dave" Min (born March 5, 1976) is an American attorney, professor, and politician. He is the Democratic senator for California's 37th Senate district, which includes portions of Orange County. He is an attorney and formerly was an assistant law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law before he became a senator. He previously ran in the 2018 election to represent California's 45th congressional district, but was defeated in the nonpartisan blanket primary by incumbent Congresswoman Mimi Walters and fellow UC Irvine professor Katie Porter, who went on to defeat Walters in the general election. He was elected in the 2020 elections after defeating Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley in the primary and then by narrowly defeating incumbent senator John Moorlach in the November election.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island to Korean parents who first immigrated to the United States in 1972 to pursue doctoral degrees at Brown University, Min grew up in Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area. He went to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and School of Art and Sciences, where he received his undergraduate degrees and graduated magna cum laude. Min then attended Harvard Law School, where he got his J.D.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Min was an assistant law professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He focused on the law and policy of banking, capital markets, and real estate finance. He was quoted in the media for his expertise in housing finance and financial market issues. He testified about the impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations to the House Financial Services Subcommittee in 2012.
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Min worked in financial regulation. Min was a staff attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Banking Committee counsel for Sen. Chuck Schumer, and counsel and senior policy advisor for the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee until becoming the Associate Director for Financial Markets Policy at the think tank Center for American Progress. There, he supervised the efforts of a team of specialists on housing finance reform, called the Mortgage Finance Working Group.
2018 Congressional campaign
Min announced his House candidacy on April 5, 2017, challenging incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters in California's 45th congressional district. Min stated he was inspired to run for Congress after President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, which he said was a "slap in the face" to the son of two immigrants, especially after Walters refused to directly condemn those actions.
Min received the endorsement of the California Democratic Party at its State Convention in February 2018 after a contentious floor fight where he barely received the necessary 60% of the vote.
Min aired attack ads against two Democratic opponents, in one criticizing Katie Porter's ties to pro-women's group EMILY's List Axios analyzed the first attack ad and concluded "Bottom line: Min's attack line doesn't hold water." An analysis of the ads by The Intercept described the validity of their claims as "strange" and "between being somewhat legitimate and really shaky".
Min criticized Walters for living outside of the district and for refusing to hold public or in-person town halls.
Min ultimately came in third place in the primary election behind Walters and Porter.
2020 State Senate Campaign
They have three children.
|Republican||Mimi Walters (incumbent)||86,764||51.7|
|No party preference||John Graham||3,817||2.3|
|Republican||Mimi Walters (incumbent)||146,383||47.9|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Republican||John Moorlach (incumbent)||132,275||47.3|
|Republican||John Moorlach (incumbent)||258,421||48.9|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
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