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Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2965

Address: 1114 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (714) 621-0102

Address: 12397 Lewis Street, Garden Grove CA 92840-4695

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Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
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Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
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Lerma, Eduardo
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Lerma, Eduardo
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Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
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Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Rubalcava, Lorenzo
Staff Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Lerma, Eduardo
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
Yea, Annie
Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor
Gonzalez, Jacquelyn
Legislative Assistant
Urquiza, Carlos
Senior Field Representative
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Legislative Assistant
Yea, Annie
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Yea, Annie
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(714) 621-0102
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Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
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Rubalcava, Lorenzo
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Loretta Sanchez Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: California 46
  • Born: Jan. 07, 1960, Lynwood
  • Home: Garden Grove
  • Education:

    Chapman U., B.A. 1982, American U., M.B.A. 1984

  • Professional Career:

    Mgr. & financial analyst, Orange Cnty. Transp. Auth., 1984–87; Asst. vice pres., Fieldman, Rolapp & Assoc., 1987–90; Assoc., Booz, Allen & Hamilton, 1990–93; Principal, Amiga Advisors, 1993-96.

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Jack Einwechter)

Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is as known for her personal exploits—her wacky Christmas cards featuring her cat Gretzky always draw attention, as did her YouTube-captured dance to the 2012 hit song “Call Me Maybe” —as her serious work on national security issues. She and her sister, Linda Sánchez, are the first sisters to serve in Congress. (Linda uses the accent mark with her surname; Loretta does not.) Read More

Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is as known for her personal exploits—her wacky Christmas cards featuring her cat Gretzky always draw attention, as did her YouTube-captured dance to the 2012 hit song “Call Me Maybe” —as her serious work on national security issues. She and her sister, Linda Sánchez, are the first sisters to serve in Congress. (Linda uses the accent mark with her surname; Loretta does not.)

Sanchez was raised in Anaheim. Her parents were Mexican immigrants, her father a machinist and her mother a secretary who worked to organize a union at the plant where she worked. She is nine years older than Linda. Sanchez graduated from Chapman University in Orange, and got an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. She worked as a financial analyst, providing advice on municipal finances to public agencies and private businesses, and then started her own firm in the early 1990s. In 1994, she ran for the Anaheim City Council under her married name, Loretta Sanchez-Brixey, and lost.

In 1996, she ran for the U.S. House, this time as Loretta Sanchez, against one of the most vocal conservatives, Rep. Robert Dornan. In the primary against three Anglo male Democrats, she won with 35%. That victory attracted little attention, not even from Dornan. But she shrewdly counted on increasing Latino turnout, plus attracting contributions from the many enemies that Dornan had made over a political career that went back to 1976. President Bill Clinton came to Santa Ana late in the campaign to stump for Sanchez and may have made the difference. She won by 984 votes, 47%-46%. Dornan charged vote fraud, and, using the privileges afforded to former members, he regularly appeared on the House floor trying to persuade his former colleagues to call for a special election. But in February 1998, the House Administration Committee upheld Sanchez’s victory.

In the House, Sanchez’s voting record has been in the Democratic middle, though she has been slightly more loyal to her party in recent years. The House-passed Violence Against Women Act included a measure of hers to update federal stalking laws, but she voted against the bill in May 2012 because she said it removed confidentiality protections for abused female immigrants. U.S.-Vietnam relations have been a focus for her. She accompanied Clinton on his 2000 visit there and met with dissidents to discuss human rights. In 2007, after three times having been denied a visa, she returned to Vietnam and again stirred controversy by attempting to meet with the wives of imprisoned dissidents and criticizing the government’s lack of openness. She tried unsuccessfully in 2012 to amend a Homeland Security spending bill to direct more money to anti-child exploitation and trafficking initiatives, citing them as particular problems for Vietnam. In January 2012, she was part of a group of lawmakers who met with Afghan opposition leaders in Berlin to discuss dysfunction in Afghanistan.

As the senior woman on the Armed Services Committee, she has tried to update the sexual assault crimes in the Uniform Code of Military Justice to comply with the way civilian sexual assault crimes are handled at the federal level. She has been a vocal advocate of allowing women to serve in combat. Sanchez is also the No. 2 Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, where she has focused on port security, including her proposal for a secure, long-range automated vessel-tracking system. After Chairman Ike Skelton and the Armed Services panel’s other senior members lost their bids for reelection in 2010, she jockeyed to become the ranking Democrat. In the Steering and Policy Committee, she narrowly lost to Washington’s Adam Smith, 28-23, but took the fight to the full Democratic caucus. Smith and Sanchez tied on the first ballot, but Smith prevailed, 97-86, on the second round.

Until 2010, Sanchez had been reelected comfortably. Voters had grown accustomed to her spirited and unconventional style, including her quirky Christmas cards, which featured Gretzky until his death in 2010. Ever ambitious, Sanchez in 2009 briefly considered a run for California governor. A year later, however, she found herself in a tough fight.

Republican Assemblyman Van Tran, who fled Saigon with his family in 1975, raised over $1 million. An independent candidate, Cecilia Iglesias, threatened to siphon off Hispanic voters while many Vietnamese were backing Tran. The situation irked Sanchez, who asserted on a Spanish-language Univision show in September that “the Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, (trying) to take this seat.” Tran responded that the district “belongs to the people and not an individual ethnicity.” But she recovered from that stumble, got party help—Bill Clinton headlined a rally for her—and raised more than $1.7 million. She won with 53% to Tran’s 39% and Iglesias’ 8%.

She had no such trouble in 2012, although she irked conservatives when she said on the MSNBC cable news network that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “doesn’t even want us [Latinos] to be here.” A year earlier, her marriage to retired Army Col. Jack Einwechter was The Orange County Register’s second most-read political story of the year.

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Loretta Sanchez Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Loretta Sanchez (D)
Votes: 95,694
Percent: 63.87%
Jerry Hayden (R)
Votes: 54,121
Percent: 36.13%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Loretta Sanchez (D)
Votes: 25,706
Percent: 52.09%
Jerry Hayden (R)
Votes: 14,571
Percent: 29.53%
John Cullum (R)
Votes: 5,251
Percent: 10.64%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%), 2008 (69%), 2006 (62%), 2004 (60%), 2002 (61%), 2000 (60%), 1998 (56%), 1996 (47%)
Loretta Sanchez Votes and Bills
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Economic 79 (L) : 20 (C) 78 (L) : 22 (C) 73 (L) : 27 (C)
Social 73 (L) : 24 (C) 78 (L) : 19 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 61 (L) : 39 (C) - (L) : - (C) 68 (L) : 32 (C)
Composite 71.7 (L) : 28.3 (C) - (L) : - (C) 77.0 (L) : 23.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV8380
CFG619
ITIC-58
NTU1614
20112012
COC36-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA8590
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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