Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 9th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 8 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 308 of 435) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 95 of 435)
- 183 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 317 of 438) 8 Made Into Law (Ranks 336 of 438)
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.5261 - CAUSA Initiatives ActReferred to the Subcommittee Aug 06, 2014 27 Views
To establish a North and Central American and Caribbean border security cooperation initiative, enhance the security of Mexico's southern bord...
H.R.5302Referred to the House Committee Jul 30, 2014 5 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.4902 - Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically ActSponsor introductory remarks on measure Jun 26, 2014 5 Views
To improve college affordability.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.713Referred to the House Committee Aug 04, 2014 18 Views
Recognizing the friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States and expressing the support of the House of Representatives for a u...
H.R.5331Referred to the House Committee Jul 31, 2014 8 Views
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 73839 Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms, California, as the "Colonel...
H.R.5294 - Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2014Referred to the Subcommittee Aug 15, 2014 21 Views
To improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.
Recent Voting History
H.J.Res. 76: Nuclear weapon security & non-proliferation bill
On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments: H J RES 76 Making continuing appropriations for the National Security Administration for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.Aye (with party)August 01, 2014
H.R. 5272: To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes.
On Passage: H R 5272 To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States, and for other purposes.Nay (with party)August 01, 2014
H.R. 5230: Secure the Southwest Border Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2014
On Passage: H R 5230 Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2014Nay (with party)August 01, 2014