Michelle Steel

Michelle Steel

Michelle is a public servant, mother, and proven tax-fighter who wants to make a difference and help those in need.

As a young adult, Michelle came to America with her mother and two younger sisters from South Korea. Like so many before her and many more after her, Michelle’s family came to America searching for opportunities with the hope for a better future.

She first became interested in public service at an early age when she watched her single working mother struggled to fight an unwarranted tax bill from the California State Board of Equalization. As an immigrant who owned a small business, Michelle’s mother lacked the resources she needed to appeal the state agency and reluctantly acquiesced to the board’s demands.

After watching her own mother struggle, Michelle knew she needed to help those who couldn’t help themselves and be a strong voice for the voiceless. Michelle knew she needed to serve her community, so she decided to run for public office.

Michelle successfully ran for the California State Board of Equalization, the very agency that showed her how broken our political system is, and she quickly worked to make much needed, common-sense reforms.

Michelle pledged to oppose all new taxes, prevent any tax increases, and presume all taxpayers are innocent until proven guilty when adjudicating tax appeals. She also led the fight to return over $400 million back to California taxpayers who were victims of a tax system that had failed them.

At the California State Board of Equalization, Michelle became the country’s highest ranking Korean American officeholder and California’s highest-ranking Republican woman, which gave her a unique platform to give back to her country by empowering the next generation of women and minority leaders in our community.

Michelle currently serves as the Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors where she works tirelessly on behalf of all Orange County families fighting higher taxes, reducing traffic congestion in our communities, and ensuring our bays and coastlines are clean.

Michelle is running for Congress because Orange County needs a strong voice in Washington, D.C. who will honor promises made and stand up for us and our values.