Linda (Linda) Sanchez (D-38)

US Representative Linda Sanchez

Linda (Linda) Sanchez (D-38)
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Capitol: 202.225.6676
FAX: 202.226.1012
District: 562.860.5050
Representative
Room 2329 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0538
12440 East Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650
Residence:Lakewood, CA

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Regulatory Review Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Social Security
FC Member30-Something Working Group
Co-ChairDemocratic Israel Working Group
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
FC MemberCongressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on California High-Speed Rail
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Trade
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCalifornia Public Higher Education Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional NASA Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Korea Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Refugee Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baseball Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Research and Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberAhmadiyya Muslim Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCalifornia Democratic Congressional Delegation
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

A former labor lawyer, Linda T. Sanchez represents California's 38th congressional district - but the first thing her family and friends will tell you is that she's never stopped "kicking ass for the working class." Most of all, she is also a proud mom, dog lover, and Dodgers fan. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, Sanchez is the first Latina to serve on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Judiciary Committee. A lifelong progressive, Sanchez has devoted her career to helping working people get ahead- advocating for families, improving America's education system, and bringing jobs to Southern California. Sanchez was born in Orange, California, the sixth of seven children, to immigrant parents from Mexico. Her father Ignacio worked as an industrial machinist and mechanic at a plastics and rubber plant, and her mother Maria was an elementary school teacher who decided to further her education by attending school at night. Growing up in a proud Latino household, Sanchez's parents inspired her to take advantage of the opportunities they never had. When reflecting upon the importance that her family and parents had in her life, Sanchez says, "In every Latino family, there's a sense of 'We need to stick together.' But I think in our particular family, that's even stronger because our folks expected great things from us. They wanted us to take advantage of all the opportunities they never had." Throughout her time in Congress, Sanchez has been a steadfast advocate for working people, including improving school safety; enabling more women, minorities, and veterans to establish small businesses; reforming the tax code to provide relief for long-term caregivers; bringing scrutiny to the misuse of arbitration that unfairly harms workers; and keeping families in their homes through changes to bankruptcy law. She has been a staunch advocate for Alzheimer's beneficiary and caregiver support, having lost her father and watching her mother suffer from the disease. Sanchez currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she advocates for the protection of Social Security and Medicare, fairness for U.S. workers and businesses in trade agreements, and an even playing field for the middle class through tax code reform. As an active member of that committee, the Congresswoman has championed many bills that have become law. Among her proudest achievements are a bill to assist small businesses in providing retirement benefits for their employees; enhanced customs enforcement; as well as bills to improve mental health coverage related to opioid addiction recovery. She has fought to improve childcare funding options for working parents and remains committed to shoring up pension funding for workers across the county. Sanchez also proudly secured a parcel of land in Norwalk, California that formerly served as a tank farm property for her local community to redevelop. In addition to co-founding the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, Sanchez has also served in several leadership positions. From 2011 to 2017 (112th-114th Congresses), she was the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee. In the 114th Congress, Sanchez served as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). During the 115th Congress (2015-2017), Sanchez served as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. She is the first Latina elected to a leadership position in the U.S. Congress. In addition to Ways and Means, she has also served on the following committees- Judiciary, Ethics, Oversight and Reform, Small Business, Education and Labor, Veterans' Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Select Committee on Benghazi. Prior to her service in the House of Representatives, Sanchez worked as an attorney practicing appellate law, civil rights, and employment law. After the 1998 election, Sanchez worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as a compliance officer on public works and prevailing wage issues. In 2000, she was elected executive director of the Orange County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Sanchez attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Spanish literature with an emphasis in bilingual education in 1991. After working her way through school as a bilingual aide and an ESL instructor, she went on to earn a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. In 2002, Sanchez ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from a new working-class district created after the 2000 Census. At 34 years old, she was the first woman IBEW member elected to Congress. She and her sister Loretta, who was in the House from 1997 to 2017, are the first women of any relation serve together in Congress. Sanchez and her husband James are the proud parents of Joaquin, born in 2009. She is only the eighth woman in history to give birth while serving in Congress. They live with their dog Scully.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2002    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: James Sullivan   DOB: 1/28/1969
Counties Representing
Los Angeles
Orange