10 Questions: Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)

America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Mimi Walters, who represents the 45th Congressional District of California. Rep. Walters was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, and she serves on two committees: Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary.

Rep. Walters has a background in both business and local government. She was an Investment Executive in California before beginning her career in public service as a member of the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996. She went on to serve in the California State Senate from 2008 to 2014. She and her husband David live in Laguna Niguel and have  four children: Katherine, Caroline, David Jr. and Tristan.

Walters Swearing In

We asked Rep. Walters 10 questions:

1. What was your first job? 

Like many kids who grew up in Orange County, I got my first job at Disneyland, working on the Autopia attraction. That ride is still one of the most popular attractions today!

2. What is your favorite movie and why?

The Sound of Music. I used to watch it with my four children when they were young, and I always enjoyed seeing them singing and dancing along.

3.  What is your favorite vacation destination?

Mammoth Mountain – we used to go skiing there when the kids were young and have so many great memories there.

4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?

In-N-Out Burger is one of my all-time favorites.

5. Who is your favorite sports team? 

The Anaheim Angels and the Anaheim Ducks – I’m really excited that the Ducks are rolling through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

6. When did you realize you were a Republican?

I grew up in a Republican household, my father was in the military, and I learned at a young age important conservative principles that I continue to feel strongly about today: free enterprise, limited government, and a strong national defense.

7. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?

Mental health awareness. It’s vital that we are diagnosing and treating these disorders, so that those in need can get the help and support to manage their mental illness on a daily basis.

8. What motivated you to run for public office?

I grew up in Laguna Niguel and when I returned from college, I wanted to get more involved in my community. I got my start working on the local holiday parade after I had my first child, and that experience led me to run for city council. I enjoyed the aspect of meeting people in the community and helping make Orange County a better place to live.

9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?

The pace of things is much faster here than it was in California at the state level. I’ve quickly learned that I cannot wear my beloved high heels as often– we’re constantly on the go.

10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?

One of my mentors, Marian Bergeson, the first woman ever to serve in both the California State Assembly and California State Senate, advised and encouraged me on balancing family life and professional life. She taught me that you can do both.

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Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)