Editor's Note: This biography was provided by the candidate's office.
He was in one of the first classes to graduate from Northwood High School. He
received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan and
then moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a staff member in the U.S. Senate.
As legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Committee under the leadership of education and disability rights champion
Senator Tom Harkin, Kia worked to expose the exploitation of students by the
for-profit college industry. After Senator Harkin’s retirement, Kia joined the
staff of Senator Sherrod Brown, where he advocated for a higher minimum
wage, equal pay for men and women, and other measures to reduce income
inequality and ensure that every American is treated with the respect and
dignity that he or she deserves.
Kia is running against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in California’s 45th
Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton won by 5.4%. Despite
representing a forward-focused district, Representative Walters has voted with
President Donald Trump 100 percent of the time and refuses to hold town halls
with her constituents and voted in favor of a health care bill that would have led
to higher costs and less coverage for the people of Orange County.