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Linda Sánchez

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 39th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Steve Horn

Born January 28, 1969 (1969-01-28) (age 40)
Orange, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jim Sullivan
Residence Lakewood, California
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley, UCLA
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Linda T. Sánchez (born January 28, 1969 in Orange, California), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 39th District of California (map). She was born in Orange, California and grew up with six siblings, raised by Mexican immigrant parents in Anaheim.[1]

Linda Sanchez earned her BA in Spanish in 1991 at the University of California, Berkeley and her Juris Doctor degree in 1995 at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an editor of the Chicano-Latino Law Review. She was an attorney specializing in labor law prior to her public service career. She is the younger sister of 47th 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 Sánchez is considered to be 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 House New Democrat Coalition, Linda is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


Congressional career

Congresswoman Sanchez participates in Long Beach's Veterans Day celebration.

Sánchez 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 has two committee assignments in the House: the Judiciary Committee 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).

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. Linda Sánchez was a very vocal critic of the suspension, and led the fight to reverse it.[2] Sánchez eventually won, as Bush reversed himself on October 26, 2005.[3]

Cyber-bullying prevention

In 2008 and again in 2009, Linda 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.[4][5]

Committee assignments

Party leadership and Caucus membership

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

Career in labor

In 1998 Sánchez 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.


The first sister congresswomen, Loretta and Linda Sanchez.

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.[6]

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 hispanic heritage 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."[7]

Personal life

Sánchez 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.[8] The marriage is the second for Sanchez, and Sullivan has three children from a previous marriage.[9] 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 Sánchez Sullivan.[10]

Sánchez's father, Ignacio, suffers from Alzheimer's disease, which Sánchez's has cited as a motivation for finding a cure for the disease. [11]

Points of interest

  • Sánchez delivered the Spanish version of the Democratic Radio Address on May 6, 2006.[12]
  • In September 2006 Linda Sanchez won the contest "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" during a charity fundraiser.[13]


  1. ^ Montgomery, David (2008-01-30). "Sanchez Sisters Have a Shoe In Each Camp". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-13.  
  2. ^ Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez - News
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  4. ^ John Cox, "Bill would turn Internet flamers into felons", Network World, May 8, 2009, retrieved May 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Eugene Volokh, "Rep Linda Sanchez defends outlawing of using blogs, the Web, etc to cause distress", Huffington Post, May 7, 2009, retrieved October 6, 2009.
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  8. ^ Associated Press (April 28, 2009). "Rep. Linda Sanchez marries, with baby on the way". Silicon Valley Mercury News.  
  9. ^ Morrison, Patt (November 20, 2008). "California Rep. Linda Sanchez's baby announcement". Los Angeles Times.,1,3333296.column.  
  10. ^ "Congresswoman Sanchez has baby boy". UPI. May 14, 2009.  
  11. ^ "Linda and Loretta Sánchez:"A Conversation with the Sánchez Sisters"". November 12, 2008.  
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  13. ^ Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts - Linda Sanchez, the Congresswoman Who Brings Down the House -

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ed Royce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 39th congressional district

Succeeded by

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