Linda Sanchez

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Linda Sanchez currently serves the 39th Congressional district of California

Linda Sánchez, a Democrat, has represented the 39th Congressional District of California in the United States House of Representatives since 2003. (map)

Record and controversies

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Resigning from the CHC

As a response to Chairman Joe Baca's alleged name-calling controversy in January of 2007, Sanchez resigned from the caucus on April 12, 2007. [1]


Linda Sanchez was born January 28, 1969 in Orange, California, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and in 1995 her Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was an attorney specializing in labor law prior to her public service career. She is the sister of Representative Loretta Sanchez, making Linda and Loretta Sanchez the only sister pair to ever serve in Congress.

In 1998 Sanchez 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, AFL-CIO.

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.

Following Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, President George W. Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1934 law which requires government contractors to pay prevailing wages. Linda Sánchez was a very vocal critic of the suspension, and lead the fight to reverse it [1]. Sánchez eventually won, as Bush reverted himself on October 26 [2].

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated James L. Andion to face Sanchez in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Sanchez retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Linda Sanchez, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Linda Sanchez. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1007 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0539
Phone: 202-225-6676
Fax: 202-226-1012
Web Email

District Office- Lakewood:
4007 Paramount Boulevard
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone: 562-429-8499
Fax: 562-938-1948

Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2003
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 4007 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone: 562-429-8499 / Fax: 562-938-1948

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Date of Birth: January 28, 1969

  1. Jeremy Jacobs, "Linda Sanchez quits CHC," The Hill, April 12, 2007.
  2. Directors, Economic Policy Institute, accessed September 29, 2009.