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Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants who built a successful small business.

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.