Loretta L. Sánchez (born January 7, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for California’s 46th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1997. After an unsuccessful early entry into politics as a Republican running under her married name Loretta Brixey for city council in the wealthy Los Angeles suburb of Palos Verdes Estates, she changed her party affiliation and rebranded herself under her maiden name to first be elected in 1996, when she defeated long-serving GOP congressman Bob Dornanby fewer than 1,000 votes. Sanchez represented the 46th district from 1997 to 2003, then California’s 47th congressional district from 2003 to 2013, and again in the 46th district from 2013 to the present. The district lies in central Orange County. Since 1996, Sanchez has been a member of the Democratic Party, and of the House Blue Dog Coalition.
Instead of running for re-election to the House in November 2016, Sanchez is running in the U.S. Senate race in California and is one of two candidates to reach the general election for that seat. If she wins, she will be the first Latina ever to serve in the United States Senate.
Sánchez was born in Lynwood, California, and graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim in 1978. Her father was a unionized machinist and her mother worked as a secretary. Her Mexican immigrant parents had seven children. She joined the United Food and Commercial Workers when she worked as an ice cream server in high school, and received a union scholarship to college. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Chapman College in Orange in 1982, obtained her MBA from American University in Washington, DC in 1984, and was a financial analyst for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton until entering the House.Sanchez describes herself as growing up a “shy, quiet girl” who did not speak English. She credits government with much of her success in public life.
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- Location California
- Listing categories Political Representatives, Senate
- Website http://lorettasanchez.house.gov/
- Phone (202) 225-2965
Garden Grove District Office
12397 Lewis Street, Suite 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
phone: (714) 621-0102
fax: (714) 621-0401
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm
Washington, DC Office
1211 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2965
Fax: (202) 225-5859
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm