Dave Min

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Dave Min
Personal details
David Min

(1976-03-05) March 5, 1976 (age 46)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Jane Stoever (m. 2005)
ResidenceIrvine, California
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS)
Harvard University (JD)
OccupationAssistant Professor
WebsiteCampaign website

David Min (born Rhode Island March 5, 1976) is an assistant law professor at the University of California, Irvine[1] and a Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 45th congressional district.[2][3][4]


Min was born on March 5, 1976 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 the San Francisco Bay Area.[3] 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.[5]

Min is currently an assistant law professor[6] at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He focuses on the law and policy of banking, capital markets, and real estate finance.[7][8] He is quoted in the media for his expertise in housing finance and financial market issues.[5] He testified about the impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations to the House Financial Services Subcommittee in 2012.[9]


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,[10][11] and counsel and senior policy advisor for the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee[7] until becoming the Associate Director for Financial Markets Policy at the think tank Center for American Progress.[12][13] There, he supervised the efforts of a team of specialists on housing finance reform, called the Mortgage Finance Working Group.[citation needed]

2018 Congressional campaign[edit]

Min announced his House candidacy on April 5, 2017, challenging incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters in California's 45th congressional district.[14] Min has 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.[15]

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.[16][17][16]

Min aired attack ads against two Democratic opponents, in one criticizing Katie Porter's ties to pro-women's group EMILY's List[18][19] AXIOS analyzed the first attack ad and concluded "Bottom line: Min's attack line doesn't hold water."[20] An analysis of the ads by The Intercept described the validity of their claims as "strange" and "between being somewhat legitimate and really shaky."[21]

Min has said there is a new "groundswell of political consciousness" nationally among Korean Americans, with people starting to feel comfortable enough to enter politics.[22]

Min has criticised Walters for living outside of the district and for refusing to hold public or in-person town halls.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Min is married to Jane Stoever, a Clinical Professor of Law at UC Irvine.[23] His wife works on domestic violence issues.[24]

They have three children.[3]


  1. http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/min/
  2. Wire, Sarah D. (April 5, 2017). "Another UC Irvine professor will challenge Orange County's Rep. Mimi Walters in 2018". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Namkung, Victoria (May 23, 2017). "'Policy Nerd' Dave Min Wants to Give Up Academia for a Seat in Congress". NBC News. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  4. Garcia, Eric (April 5, 2017). "Second Democrat Announces Challenge to Walters". Roll Call. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "David Min". University of California, Irvine School of Law. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  6. http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/full-time/min/
  7. 7.0 7.1 Coker, Matt (April 6, 2017). "David Min is Second Democrat UCI Law Professor to Challenge Rep. Mimi Walters". OC Weekly. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  8. Sloan, Karen (April 6, 2017). "2 UC Irvine Law Profs Compete for Congressional Seat". Law.com. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  9. "Impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Regulation Law". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  10. Hagen, Lisa (April 26, 2017). "Dems crowd primaries to challenge GOP reps". The Hill. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  11. Dayen, David (2018-02-27). "The Story Behind the California Democratic Party Convention's Floor Fracas". The Intercept. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  12. Wisckol, Martin (April 5, 2017). "Dave Min, a UC Irvine law professor, will challenge Rep. Mimi Walters". Orange County Register. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  13. Dong-chan, Jhoo (April 13, 2017). "Korean-American law professor runs for US Congress". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  14. "Where Congressional Candidates from UCI Stand on Local and National Issues – New University". www.newuniversity.org. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  15. Summers, Juana. "Outraged by Trump, these candidates of color are now running for office". CNN. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Mai-Duc, Christine (February 25, 2018). "Dave Min gets Democratic endorsement for Congress after intense fight on the convention floor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  17. Nwanevu, Osita. "California Is Not As Liberal As You Think". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  18. "First Read's Morning Clips: Midterm Madness". NBC News. May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  19. "New TV ads in CA-45 Exposes False Claims from Katie Porter and Brian Forde". Dave Min for Congress. May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  20. Primack, Dan (May 21, 2018). "New attack in politics: exploiting Bitcoin fears". Axios. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  21. Dayen, David (May 25, 2018). "In a California House Race, THe Democratic Party's Candidate is Going to War Against Elixabeth Warren's". The Intercept. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  22. "California House Race Is a Test of Latino, Korean Influence". The New York Times. Retrieved June 7, 2017.[dead link]
  23. "Jane K. Stoever". University of California, Irvine School of Law. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  24. Bowman, Bridget; Bowman, Bridget (2018-05-24). "Could Negative Campaigning in California Primaries Dampen Democratic Energy?". Roll Call. Retrieved 2018-05-25.

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