Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 10th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 4 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 297 of 436) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 21 of 436)
- 64 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 365 of 440) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 114 of 440)
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.Res.217Referred to the House Committee Apr 21, 2015 2 Views
Honoring the life and accomplishments of Henry Thomas Segerstrom and expressing condolences on his passing.
H.R.1596Referred to the House Committee Mar 24, 2015 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.1051Referred to the Subcommittee Mar 12, 2015 0 Views
To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, as a U.S. Customs and Border Protec...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.327Referred to the Subcommittee Jul 01, 2015 5 Views
Recognizing the three-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which permits young people who were brought to t...
H.Res.325Referred to the House Committee Jun 17, 2015 9 Views
Recognizing the month of June as "Immigrant Heritage Month," a celebration of the accomplishments and contributions immigrants and their child...
H.R.2815 - Assuring Quality Outcomes in Higher Education Act of 2015Referred to the House Committee Jun 17, 2015 6 Views
To require the Secretary of Education to complete a data analysis study on the impacts of all income- or employment-based outcome measures of ...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 2200: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 2200 CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ActAye (with party)June 25, 2015
H.R. 1295: Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015
On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment: H R 1295 To extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.Aye (with party)June 25, 2015
H.R. 1615: DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 1615 DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015Aye (with party)June 25, 2015