Occupation: State senator
Age: 48, born in Dana Point
City of residence: Laguna Niguel
Personal: Husband David, four children
Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, UCLA
Career highlights: Investment banker, 1988-95. Laguna Niguel City Council member, 1996-2004. State assemblywoman, 2004-08. State senator, 2008 to present.
Platform: Limit state borrowing, says California cannot afford more debt. Lower taxes and government spending.
Campaign website: http://www.mimiwalters.com