Loretta Sanchez

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Loretta Sanchez currently serves the 47th Congressional district of California

Loretta Sánchez, a Democrat, has represented the 47th Congressional District of California in the United States House of Representatives since 1997. (map)

Record and controversies

Iraq War

Sanchez voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

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


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.

In November 2002, Loretta's younger sister, Linda Sanchez, was elected for the new 39th District. They are the first pair of sisters to serve simultaneously in the United States Congress.

Loretta Sanchez in popular culture

Loretta Sanchez was mentioned by name in the song "Ni de aquí, ni de allá" by Jae-P in a verse signifying the rise of Latinos in society: "...el Latino hoy en día no es un simple lavaplatos Hey, Loretta Sanchez quién te limpia tus zapatos..." In English this translates as: "...the Latino nowadays is not a dishwasher. Hey, Loretta Sanchez who cleans your shoes for you...."[2]

The Hispanic Caucus Controversy (see below) was parodied on the Colbert Report on February 7 2007.[3] On February 8 2007, the phrase "Loretta Sanchez is a whore?" appeared on screen during "The Wørd" segment of the Colbert Report, eliciting laughs from the audience.

Loretta Sanchez appeared as herself in the September 10, 2007 episode of The Closer entitled "Til Death Do Us Part, Part II". Within the fictional narrative of the show, she was briefly seen on the program Larry King Live being interviewed about a criminal legal case.

2003 Gubernatorial recall election

During California's Gubernatorial recall campaign, Sanchez was one of the first Democrats to break from Governor Gray Davis and state that a Democrat should run to succeed Davis in case the recall measure passed. Though she recommended that the Democratic candidate be California’s Senior Senator Dianne Feinstein, Sanchez stated that if no other serious Democratic contender stepped forward, she would be willing to run herself. Many California Democrats ultimately adopted Sanchez’s position, paving the way for Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante to enter the race.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Tan D. Nguyen to face Sanchez in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Sanchez retained her 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, Loretta Sanchez, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her 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

  • Blue Dog Democrats
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
  • Hispanic Caucus
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • New Democratic Coalition
  • Older Americans Caucus
  • Women's Congressional Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Trustee, Chapman University, 2002-present
  • Board Member, Providence Speech and Hearing, 1995-present
  • Member, AAUW Anaheim, 1995-present
  • Anaheim Assistance League
  • Anaheim Rotary Club
  • Los Amigos of Orange County
  • Former President, The National Society of Hispanic MBAs
  • Pepperdine University Hispanic Advisory Council
  • Treasurer and Board Member, Providence Speech of Hearing Center
  • Former Member, United Food and Commercial Workers

More Background Data

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


DC Office:
1230 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0547
Phone: 202-225-2965
Fax: 202-225-5859
Email: loretta AT mail.house.gov

District Office- Garden Grove:
12397 Lewis Street, Suite 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: 714-621-0102
Fax: 714-621-0401

Committee to Re-Elect Loretta Sanchez
604 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone: 714.839.4431
Fax: 714.839.4634

Official Sanchez for Congress Web site

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
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Blue Dog Democrats, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Congressional Sportsman's Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Law Enforcement Caucus, New Democratic Coalition, Older Americans Caucus, Women's Congressional Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Military Personnel, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Border Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee on Emergency Communications Preparedness and Response, Joint Economic Committee
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 12397 Lewis Street, Suite 101 Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: 714-621-0102 / Fax: 714-621-0401

Campaign Contact:

Website: http://www.loretta.org/
Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. 604 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: 714-839-4431 / Fax: 714-839-4634

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: January 7, 1960

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "Jae-P — Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla" Lyricsdownload.com. Retrieved February 10 2007
  3. The Colbert Report, perf. Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central. February 7 2007. Retrieved February 10 2007