Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 9th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 8 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 310 of 436) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 95 of 436)
- 185 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 320 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.5302Referred to the House Committee Jul 30, 2014 1 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 2 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 ActSponsor introductory remarks on measure Jun 26, 2014 5 Views
To improve college affordability.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.723Referred to the House Committee Sep 15, 2014 1 Views
Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of ...
H.R.5468Referred to the House Committee Sep 15, 2014 2 Views
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1103 USPS Building 1103 in Camp Pendleton, California, as the "Camp P...
H.Res.713Referred to the Subcommittee Sep 08, 2014 5 Views
Recognizing the friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States and expressing the support of the House of Representatives for a u...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 5108: To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes.
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 5108 To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes.Abstain (against party)September 15, 2014
H.R. 5161: Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: H R 5161 E-LABEL ActAbstain (against party)September 11, 2014
H.R. 3522: Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013
On Passage: H R 3522 To authorize health insurance issuers to continue to offer for sale current group health insurance coverage in satisfaction of the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirement, and for other purposesAbstain (against party)September 11, 2014