Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Democrat • 46th District, California • 10th Term • Sworn In 1997
- 4 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 347 of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 39 of 440)
- 86 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 373 of 441) 2 Made Into Law (Ranks 186 of 441)
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 4 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 3 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.458Referred to the House Committee Oct 01, 2015 52 Views
Celebrating 25 years of success from the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health.
H.Res.426Referred to the House Committee Sep 17, 2015 7 Views
Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of ...
H.R.3546 - Big Cat Public Safety ActReferred to the Subcommittee Oct 06, 2015 17 Views
To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of cer...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 538: Native American Energy Act
On Passage: H R 538 Native American Energy ActNay (with party)October 08, 2015
H.R. 538: Native American Energy Act
On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 538 Native American Energy ActAye (with party)October 08, 2015
H.Res. 466: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 538) to facilitate the development of energy on Indian lands by reducing Federal regulations that impede tribal development of Indian lands, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 702) to adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.
On Agreeing to the Resolution: H RES 466 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 538) the “Native American Energy Act” and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 702) to adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.Nay (with party)October 08, 2015