The life of Rep. Katie Porter: How a self-proclaimed ‘minivan-driving mom’ is holding Wall Street and Facebook to the fire

Democrat Rep. Katie Porter is a fighter.

The professor-turned-congresswoman isn't a typical politician. She's a minivan-driving mother of three, inspired by consumer protections, housing fairness, and women's rights.

She's a bankruptcy expert and law professor, who never thought she'd run for office. But the night President Donald Trump was elected, she changed her mind.

And while it was no easy victory, in a county that had never been won by a Democrat, she had the backing of two powerful Democrats — Elizabeth Warren, her former teacher, and Kamala Harris, her former boss.

Since entering Congress, Porter's been using skills she picked up from her years as a professor and researcher to hold some of the most powerful people in the country to account. American Banker called her the "fiercest disruptor in Congress" since Warren.

Here's a look at Porter's life so far, in photos.

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