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California State SenateCandidate for District 37

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Dave Min

Irvine Law Professor
78,293 votes (28%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare: Dave believes that healthcare is a basic human right and that everyone should have reliable, high quality healthcare. Dave will crack down on Big Pharma and fight for affordable high quality coverage for all Californians.
  • Education: Endorsed by the California Teachers Association and an educator himself, Dave Min is uniquely qualified to champion high quality education while advocating for reforms that address the challenges our state faces.
  • Climate: Combating climate change is a top priority for Dave Min, which is why he's endorsed by the California League of Conservation Voters. Dave will fight for clean air and water, to protect our coastlines, and to reverse climate change trends.



Profession:UC Irvine Law Professor, former SEC Attorney
Professor of Law, University California Irvine (2011–current)


Harvard Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.) (2002)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Economics (conc. in Management) (1999)
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Philosophy (1999)


Dave Min is a father, a devoted husband, and a UC Irvine law professor who has dedicated his life to improving the economic opportunities available to working families. After graduating from Wharton and Harvard Law School, Dave began his career as an Enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, turning down higher paying private sector jobs to help protect the retirement security of seniors and help clean up an unfair and corrupt financial system in the aftermath of the Enron and Worldcom accounting scandals.


Dave went on to work as an economic and financial policy advisor for Senator Chuck Schumer and as an economic policy director at the Center for American Progress. He is a first generation Korean-American and native California who lives and works in Irvine with his wife and UC Irvine School of Law colleague Jane Stoever, where they are raising their three children. Dave is one of the country’s leading experts on banking and housing policy, and he has testified six times before Congress on these issues. His work has been featured in national media outlets such as the New York Times, and he has been a regular guest on TV and radio outlets including CNBC and NPR’s Marketplace.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $3,105,374

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

California Democratic Party
Napa County Democratic Central Committee
San Diego County Democratic Party
San Mateo County Democrats
Democratic Party of Orange County
Tehama County Democratic Central Committee

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.50%
District of Columbia 1.15%
New York 0.70%
Washington 0.31%
Other 1.34%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.66%)
Small contributions (1.34%)

By Type:

From organizations (69.84%)
From individuals (30.16%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Endorsed by: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California League of Conservation Voters, and Equality California. Here's why:


Dave Min isn’t a career politician – he’s a father and UC Irvine Law Professor, running to stand up for California families against the divisive politics of the Trump Administration. Dave Min is a former prosecutor on Wall Street who has spent his career fighting for a fair economy. He went after the big banks that caused the housing crisis and helped save millions of families from foreclosure. He’s a leading economic expert who’s testified six times before Congress.


Dave Min is a native Californian, son of Korean immigrants, and UC Irvine Law Professor. He embodies the American Dream and he’ll fight to keep it alive for future generations.


Dave Min’s priorities: women’s equality, universal healthcare, quality public schools, ending homelessness, preventing gun violence, improving transportation, combating climate change.


Women: "Dave Min is 100% pro-choice and has fought and defended women's rights --- in the workplace, the doctor's office, and our community." – California State Controller Betty Yee


Environment: “Dave Min is the candidate we trust to be a champion for clean energy, protecting our coastlines, and safeguarding our air and water.” – CA League of Conservation Voters


Healthcare: “Dave Min will fight for access to quality, affordable care for all Californians.” – Dr. Richard Pan, Chair, Senate Health Committee


Dave is married to Jane Stoever, who directs UC Irvine School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic and is a leading advocate for survivors of abuse. They live in Irvine with their three children.


Defending Our American Dream –


Videos (1)

— January 23, 2020 Dave Min Campaign

The 15 second digital ad, titled “Crisis,” shows that Dave Min isn’t a career politician – he’s a father and UC Irvine Law Professor, running to stand up for California families against the direct threat of the Trump Administration. The ad includes footage of Min, a former Wall Street prosecutor and economic policy expert, testifying before Congress as he went after the big banks that caused the housing crisis and helped save millions of families from foreclosure. 

The Ad also showcases his endorsements from:

The California Teachers Association
California League of Conservation Voters
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Equality California
100% Rating from Planned Parenthood

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