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Preceded by  Grace Napolitano
Name  Linda Sanchez
Political party  Democratic
Siblings  Loretta Sanchez
Succeeded by  Ed Royce
Spouse  Jim Sullivan (m. 2009)
Preceded by  Ed Royce
Role  U.S. Representative

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Full Name  Linda Teresa Sanchez
Born  January 28, 1969 (age 46) Orange, California, U.S. (1969-01-28)
Alma mater  UC Berkeley (B.A.) UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
Office  Representative (D-CA 38th District) since 2013
Education  UCLA School of Law (1995), University of California, Berkeley (1991)
Similar People  Loretta Sanchez, Lucille Roybal‑Allard, Grace Napolitano, Adam Schiff, Xavier Becerra

Children  Joaquin Sanchez Sullivan

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Linda T. Sanchez (born January 28, 1969) is the U.S. Representative for California's 38th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She currently serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and is the ranking member on the Ethics Committee.


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In 2015, she was elected Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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Early life, education and career

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Sanchez was born in Orange, California and grew up with six siblings, raised by Mexican immigrant parents in Anaheim where she attended Valencia High School. She earned her BA in Spanish in 1991 at the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor degree in 1995 at the UCLA School of Law, where she was an editor of the Chicano-Latino Law Review.

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Sanchez was an attorney specializing in labor law prior to her public service career. In 1998, she joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and became a compliance officer. In 2000 she was unanimously elected to the position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Orange County Central Labor Council.

Political campaigns

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Sanchez started her political career after a new 39th congressional district was created following the 2000 Census (the old 39th district had very different boundaries). She finished first in a six-person primary for the Democratic Party nomination in March 2002. She won the primaries with 33.5% of the vote, with the second place candidate receiving 29.3%. She went on to win the general elections against Republican Tim Escobar by a 54.9% to 40.8% margin. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primaries in 2004, and faced Escobar again in the general elections. She defeated Escobar by a margin of 60.7% to 39.3%. For the 2006 elections, she defeated two challengers in the primary with 77.8% of the vote, and defeated attorney James L. Andion in the general election. She is currently serving in Congress with her sister Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Ethics (Ranking Member)
  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
  • Party leadership and Caucus membership

  • House Democratic Party Steering and Policy Committee
  • Co-founder of the Labor and Working Families Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus

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    She has two committee assignments in the House: the Committee on Ethics and the United States House Committee on Ways and Means. In 2005, she was appointed Assistant Minority Whip. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus (she co-founded this caucus).



    Sanchez supports a progressive tax system and voted against maintaining reduced tax rates for capital gains and dividends. In addition she was rated a “Big Spender” by NTU indicating she generally supports higher tax rates.


    Sanchez voted against spending prioritizing in the event of the debt limit being reached. In 2009 she supported both a 192 Billion dollar anti-recession stimulus package and an 825 Billion bailout fund. Additional to these, she supported a 15 Billion dollar bailout for GM and Chrysler as well as a 60 Billion dollar stimulus package. She voted in 2011 to raise the debt limit to 16.7 Trillion dollard.

    She opposes any move to privatize social security and supports keeping it strictly federally funded.


    She opposes new exploration for oil drilling and would remove tax benefits for oil and gas exploration. She has also opposed permits and construction for new oil refineries.

    She supports tax credits and incentives for investments in renewable energy.

    Government Reform

    Sanchez supports lobbyist disclosures for campaign finances as well as requiring full disclosure of campaign finances. She seeks to guarantee free and fair elections.

    Gun Control

    Sanchez is a pro-gun control activist and seeks to close the gun show loophole for firearm sales. She believes gunmakers and sellers are accountable and liable for misuse cases by users.


    Sanchez is an opponent to any moves to privatize medicare or spending cuts. In addition she supports expanding healthcare coverage by a number of programs through federal funding. She has stated that she believes healthcare is a basic right.


    Sanchez is a pro-choice politician and has voted against repealing federal funding for abortions. She opposed legislation to bar transporting minors between states for abortions and making it a crime to harm a fetus in another crime.

    Civil Rights

    Sanchez is a gay rights supporter and opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender. She was given a 100% rating by the NAACP indicating a pro-affirmative-action position.


    Sanchez is pro-drug reform and supports allowing drug convicts deemed rehabilitated to receive student loans. She also seeks to erase records of first time drug offenders after probation.


    She opposes legislation that would bar the EPA from regulating emissions. Sanchez would see higher emission standards and establish trade-able allowances. She supports the cash-for-clunkers program and seeks to increase public transportation and trains through massive federally funded projects.

    Sanchez supports the addition of several species to the endangered species list and promotes more extensive nature conservation.

    Davis-Bacon Act

    Following Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, President George W. Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1934 law that requires government contractors to pay prevailing wages. Sanchez was a very vocal critic of the suspension, and led the fight to reverse it. Sanchez eventually won, as Bush reversed himself on October 26, 2005.

    Cyber-bullying prevention

    In 2009 and again in 2009, Sanchez introduced the "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act," H.R. 1966, a bill which would criminalize the use of electronic communications if "the intent is to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person." This bill is a response to the suicide of Megan Meier, a 13-year-old girl whose 2006 suicide was attributed to cyber-bullying through the social networking website MySpace. The bill has drawn criticism from members of the on-line community, legal scholars, and others who have contended that the bill would infringe the constitutional right of freedom of speech.


    After the Arizona State Legislature passed State Senate Bill 1070 and after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law, Sanchez generated controversy when she claimed that the law, and similar laws throughout the United States, were the product of white supremacists: "There's a concerted effort behind promoting these kinds of laws on a state-by-state basis by people who have ties to white supremacy groups. It's been documented. It's not mainstream politics." Rep. Gary Miller called Sanchez's comments "an outrageous accusation." Her comments were also condemned by Steve Poizner.

    Personal life

    Sanchez is married to Jim Sullivan, whom she married on April 13, 2009, in the district office of Congressman John B. Larson, who introduced the two about two years prior to the wedding. The marriage is the second for Sanchez, and Sullivan has three children from a previous marriage. On May 13, 2009, she became the 8th woman to have given birth while serving in Congress when she gave birth to her first son, Joaquin Sanchez Sullivan.

    Sanchez's father, Ignacio, suffers from Alzheimer's disease, which Sanchez has cited as a motivation for finding a cure for the disease.

    She is the younger sister of 46th District Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who is nine years her senior, making them the first and to date only sister pair to serve in Congress. Linda Sanchez is considered somewhat more liberal than her older sister. While Loretta began her political career as a moderate Republican before becoming a Democrat, Linda has always been a Democrat. Also, while Loretta is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition, Linda is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    Stephen Colbert interviewed Sanchez for his 434-part series "Better Know A District" on The Colbert Report. The segment was aired on Comedy Central on March 9, 2006.

    Sanchez delivered the Spanish version of the Democratic Radio Address on May 6, 2006.

    In September 2006 Sanchez won the contest "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" during a charity fundraiser.


  • Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez and Richard Buskin, Dream in Color: How the Sanchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress, Grand Central Publishing (September 2, 2008) ISBN 978-0-446-50804-9, foreword by Nancy Pelosi
  • In 2008 sister congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez published the joint memoir Dream in Color: How the Sanchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress. Publishers Weekly reviewed the book and wrote: "Linda and Loretta Sanchez present their compelling story—noteworthy not only for their history-making achievements (including first sisters or women of any relation to serve together in Congress, first woman and person of color to represent a district in Orange County, first Latina on the House Judiciary Committee and first Head Start child to be elected to Congress) but also for its “American Dream” aspect—their parents immigrated from Mexico and despite lacking a formal education managed to send their seven children to college. Interweaving childhood vignettes with accounts of serving in Congress, both from California, this refreshing book evades many of the tropes of the typical political memoir—perhaps because these two women are not typical politicians."

    Issue positions

    Project Vote Smart, using public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups, was able to infer the major issues Sanchez would or not agree upon. Though not officially admitted by Sanchez, it is concluded that Sanchez:

  • Supports pro-choice legislation.
  • Does not support combat operations in Afghanistan.
  • Supports reducing defense spending to balance budget.
  • Supports spending to increase economic growth.
  • Supports federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Supports the restriction of the purchase and possessions of guns.
  • Does not support the requirement for illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship.
  • Supports same-sex marriage.
  • Supports strong social security legislation
  • Abortion

    According to research done by Project Vote Smart, they were able to determine that Sanchez was pro-choice in the issue of abortion.

  • Sanchez "supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010."
  • On October 13, 2011, Sanchez "strongly opposed" the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358).
  • Sanchez supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Sanchez has voted Nay in many anti-abortion legislation, such as the Abortion Pain Bill, prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services, prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
  • Same-sex marriage

    On October 4, 2011, Sanchez made a statement on the LGBT History Month, saying: "We must continue to strive to end discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and fight so that all Americans have the right to marry and start families with those they love. I remain committed to supporting marriage equality, investments in HIV/AIDS care, treatment and research, and campaigns that take action against bullying in schools."

    On a letter written on February 9, 2010 to President Barack Obama, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Charles Schumer, Sanchez explained how "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right." and how "This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families."


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