Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 9th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 6 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 340 of 436) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 75 of 436)
- 175 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 319 of 439) 5 Made Into Law (Ranks 400 of 439)
Sanchez was born January 7, 1960 in Lynwood, California and graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim in 1978. She received her undergraduate degree from Chapman University in Orange, California in 1982, obtained her Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington, DC in 1984, and was a financial analyst until entering the House.
In 1994 she unsuccessfully ran for the Anaheim City Council under her then married name, Loretta Brixey. At the time, she was a registered Republican. After forays into politics as a liberal Republican, she changed parties, changed her image to one as a moderate Democrat, and dropped her married name in favor of her maiden name Sanchez. Her first election to the House, in what was then the 46th District in 1996, was bitterly fought. The controversial longtime Republican incumbent, Bob Dornan, was targeted as out of touch with his constituency, especially after a distracting run for the 1996 Republican Presidential nomination. The 46th had always had a Democratic tilt, but became even more Democratic after the 1990 census when it received a considerably larger number of Hispanics than had previously been in the district. She won by only 984 votes on the strength of support from Hispanics and blue-collar workers. She became the first Latina to represent an Orange County-based district. Dornan contested the election, alleging that some voters who were registered were not U.S. citizens, but the results were upheld. Sanchez badly defeated Dornan in a 1998 rematch and has not faced serious opposition since. Her district was renumbered the 47th District after the 2000 census. Read More...
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Most Recent Sponsored Bills
H.R.4902 - Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically ActSponsor introductory remarks on measure Jun 26, 2014 9 Views
To improve college affordability.
H.R.4516 - She Is Ready ActReferred to the House Committee Apr 29, 2014 5 Views
To expedite and oversee the implementation of the women in service implementation plan, and for other purposes.
H.R.2872 - BEST Act of 2013Referred to the Subcommittee Sep 13, 2013 8 Views
To secure the borders of the United States, and for other purposes.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.R.5109Referred to the House Committee Jul 15, 2014 15 Views
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1048 West Robinhood Drive in Stockton, California, as the "W. Ronald ...
H.R.5116 - Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2014Referred to House Judiciary Jul 15, 2014 10 Views
To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and...
H.R.5106Referred to the House Committee Jul 14, 2014 19 Views
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Admiral Callaghan Lane in Vallejo, California, as the "Philmore G...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 3230: Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014
On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H R 3230 Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014Aye (with party)July 22, 2014
H.R. 1022: Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act of 2013
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 1022 Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs ActAye (with party)July 22, 2014
H.R. 4411: Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 4411 To prevent Hezbollah and associated entities from gaining access to international financial and other institutions, and for other purposes.Aye (with party)July 22, 2014