Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 9th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 8 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 324 of 437) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 105 of 437)
- 198 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 308 of 439) 8 Made Into Law (Ranks 352 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.5302Referred to the House Committee Jul 30, 2014 2 Views
To authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Ramon Rodriguez of the United States Army for ...
H.R.5261 - CAUSA Initiatives ActReferred to the Subcommittee Sep 08, 2014 4 Views
To establish a North and Central American and Caribbean border security cooperation initiative, enhance the security of Mexico's southern bord...
H.R.4902 - Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically ActReferred to the Subcommittee Nov 17, 2014 9 Views
To improve college affordability.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.R.5880Referred to the House Committee Dec 11, 2014 26 Views
To repeal a limitation in the Labor-Management Relations Act regarding requirements for labor organization membership as a condition of employ...
H.Res.777Referred to the House Committee Dec 10, 2014 21 Views
Recognizing the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the celebration of "Human Rights Day".
H.R.5747Referred to the House Committee Nov 20, 2014 65 Views
To authorize the direct provision of defense articles, defense services, and related training to the Kurdistan Regional Government, and for ot...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 5699: John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 5699 John Muir National Historic Site Expansion ActAye (with party)December 11, 2014
H.R. 83: To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to affordable, reliable energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes.
On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment: H R 83 An Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to energyNay (with party)December 11, 2014
H.R. 5806: Supporting America's Charities Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: H R 5806 Supporting America’s Charities ActAye (against party)December 11, 2014