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I swear : politics is messier than my minivan / Katie Porter.

Underestimated as a single mom and first-time candidate, Katie Porter defied expectations in 2018 when she was elected to Congress, flipping a long-held Republican seat. Then, using her signature whiteboard, she began to take CEOs and corrupt government officials to task in congressional hearings. The videos went viral, introducing Americans to her no-bullshit style and making her a coveted guest on cable news and late-night television shows. I Swear is an honest, laugh-out-loud funny memoir about what it's really like to serve in Congress while carting three kids around in a messy minivan. From growing up as an Iowa farm girl to becoming a law professor who fought big banks, Porter exposes the gaps between politicians' press conferences and real people's lives and reveals how telling the truth can reenergize our politics and government. With the same clarity she demonstrates during congressional hearings, Porter makes the case for consumer protection, corporate accountability, and anti-corruption reforms. She pulls back the curtain on the political messaging machine, campaign fundraising, and congressional traditions, showing that the way things have always worked, in fact, does not work for a single mom, or for a lot of us. She gives whiteboard lessons on how to fight the corporations that cheat and how to conduct her trademark oversight to stop shenanigans in their tracks. Full of candid and inspiring stories - from an overwhelmed Porter crying at a high-stakes political meeting to her kids' lightly illegal campaign hijinks - this is a book by an exhausted, committed parent who just doesn't have the time for nonsense in her house or in the House of Representatives. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593443989
  • ISBN: 0593443985
  • Physical Description: viii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2023]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Not on the ballot -- Positive campaign -- Mistakes -- Katie's guide to consumer protection -- 218 -- Flip-flops -- How to whiteboard anyone about anything -- One more word -- Twelve years old -- Katie-isms (and when to use them) -- Running shoes -- Hammer and nails -- Katie and the chipmunks -- Spam, not scam -- Show me the money -- Fresh start -- Personal funds -- Bought off -- Places I've lived -- Unpacking -- Honest stink -- Talking points -- Jobs I want after Congress -- Correct the rumors -- Ground support -- Find your supervolunteer power -- Not good enough -- An Orange County family -- The work -- How to contact your congressperson -- On calculators and cookies -- Close.
Subject: Porter, Katie, 1974-
Political culture > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 2017-2021.
United States > Politics and government > 2021-
United States. Congress. House > Biography.
Women legislators > United States > Biography.
Women legislators > California > Biography.
Genre: Biography.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Nazareth. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.


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Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 328.73 POR 2023 (Text) 31001101888775 Adult Non Fiction Available -

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