At a Glance
- Career History: founder, Amiga Advisors Inc. (1993-1996); Investment banker, Booz, Allen & Hamilton (1990-1993)
- Birthday: Jan. 7, 1960
- Hometown: Garden Grove, Calif.
- Alma Mater: Chapman University, B.A., Economics (1982); American University, MBA, (1984)
- Spouse: Divorced
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Committees: House Committee of Homeland Security (vice chair); House Armed Services Commitee
- DC Office: 1114 Longworth House Office Building202-225-2965
- District Offices: Garden Grove, 714-621-0102
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Path to Power
Sanchez was born in Lynwood, Calif., one of seven children of Mexican immigrants with strong labor roots. Her mother tried organizing the tire factory where she worked as a secretary, while her father worked on the line.
All the Sanchez children graduated from college. Loretta's education began with Head Start and ended with a 1984 MBA from American University. Sanchez eventually founded the consultancy firm AMIGA Inc. in 1993.
During the 110th Congress, Sanchez voted with House Democrats 97.9 percent of the time.Sanchez is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally-conservative Democrats.
On the House Armed Services Committee, Sanchez led the push to update sexual assault provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, originally enacted in 1950, in order to grant additional victims' rights. The provisions were passed in the 2005 defense authorization bill.She also lobbied to implement a sexual assault database in the 2009 defense authorization bill, S. 3001.
Sanchez has had a testy relationship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, revoking her membership in 2002 amidst allegations that then-Chairman Joe Baca (D-Calif.) made derogatory remarks about her. 111th Congress CHC Chairwoman Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) has requested that Sanchez rejoin, but the Orange County Democrat has yet to do so.
Sanchez supported Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2008 presidential nomination, casting her superdelegate vote for Clinton at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.