Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 10th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 3 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 222 of 401) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 7 of 401)
- 32 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 357 of 439) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 45 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.1596Referred to the House Committee Mar 24, 2015 3 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 20 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...
H.R.242 - Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success ActReferred to the House Committee Jan 09, 2015 3 Views
To restore access to year-round Federal Pell Grants.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.178Referred to the House Committee Mar 26, 2015 9 Views
Honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez.
H.R.1619Referred to the House Committee Mar 25, 2015 27 Views
To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the b...
H.R.12 - Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2015Referred to the Subcommittee Mar 27, 2015 8 Views
To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise th...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
On Passage: H R 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015Aye (with party)March 26, 2015
H.Res. 173: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes, and providing for proceedings during the period from March 27, 2015, through April 10, 2015.
On Agreeing to the Resolution: H RES 173 Providing for consideration of H. R. 2, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015Aye (with party)March 26, 2015
H.Con.Res. 27: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.
On Agreeing to the Resolution, as Amended: H CON RES 27 Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025Nay (with party)March 25, 2015