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Representative Katie Porter and Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren have close ties

Katie Porter and Elizabeth Warren.Katie Porter

California Congresswoman Katie Porter on Tuesday announced her candidacy for the Senate seat currently held by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat and the oldest member of the upper chamber.

Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, studied under former Harvard Law professor and current US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate.

But the ties between Porter, a 49-year-old first elected to Congress in 2018, and Warren run even deeper.

The California lawmaker studied bankruptcy law under Warren at Harvard and named her youngest child Betsy,the Globe reported in 2018. Warren’s son Alex served as treasurer of Porter’s congressional campaign that year, and Porter and Warren co-authored “The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases, and Problems, Eighth Edition.”

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And Warren provided a blurb for Porter’s forthcoming book “I Swear: Politics is Messier Than My Minivan,” writing that “this book is Katie — funny, sharp, fearless. I laughed out loud, I teared up, and I got furious. If you’ve ever thought of having lunch with Katie, but you figure that probably won’t work out, read this book — it’s a close second.”

In 2018, the Globe reported that Warren had sent a handful of fund-raising e-mails on Porter’s behalf and at one point visited her district to campaign for her. Their relationship went back nearly two decades to when Warren agreed to help Porter become a law professor after a lunch at the now-closed Border Cafe in Cambridge, the Globe reported. Warren recruited Porter for a massive bankruptcy research project the following semester.

Porter also helped out on Warren’s 2020 presidential bid during the Iowa caucuses, according to a tweet Tuesday from Alexander Linden, a Boston University law student and native Iowan who posted a photo of Porter with Warren campaign volunteers in the Hawkeye State.

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“I had the pleasure of introducing Representative Katie Porter at an Elizabeth Warren GOTV [get out the vote] event in Coralville, IA,” Linden tweeted. “She lived in Coralville while teaching at the University. She’s the real deal.”

Feinstein, 89, has faced questions about her age and memory and whether she will seek another term in 2024. She has not announced whether she will seek reelection.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.