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Congresswoman

California (District: 38)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

Biography

Linda T. Sánchez (born January 28, 1969) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California%27s_38th_congressional_district">California’s 38th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2003.

Recognized by her colleagues and the national media as a leading voice for working families, judiciary, and trade matters, Linda Sánchez has represented http://lindasanchez.house.gov/images/design/ca38_map_113.pdf" target="_blank">California’s 38th Congressional district since 2013. From 2003 – 2013, Congresswoman Sánchez represented California’s 39th Congressional District, which included many of the communities she currently represents. The 38th district includes the communities of Artesia, Cerritos, East La Mirada, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, La Palma, Los Nietos, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier.

Congresswoman Sánchez has broken many barriers in Congress, including becoming the first Latina to serve on the House Judiciary Committee.  She was also the first Latina in history to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Legislative Record

Currently, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez is the ranking member on the House Ethics Committee, where she helps Members of Congress and their staffs maintain the standards of conduct outlined in the rules of the House of Representatives. Her role on this Committee helps guarantee that the American people can have faith and confidence in their elected leaders.

Congresswoman Sánchez also serves on the powerful and prestigious House Committee on Ways and Means. The House Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee in Congress and also plays a critical role in federal legislation on trade, Social Security, and Medicare.

A co-founder of the http://lindasanchez.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=472&Itemid=53">Labor and Working Families Caucus, Sánchez has worked tirelessly to ensure that workers are safe on the job, from industrial accidents as well as from employer intimidation and retaliation. Keeping children safe online has also been a priority for Sánchez, who has introduced legislation to criminalize cyber-bullying and to reduce bullying, harassment, and gang activity in our schools. While in Congress, Sánchez has helped to expand Head Start and modernize the Higher Education Act.

Sánchez is a strong advocate for California’s families. She is committed to reducing crime, making schools safe, providing quality education and affordable health care, improving our economy by creating new opportunities, and cleaning up the air and water in Southern California. Her life-long commitment to progressive issues is reflected in her record to protect a woman’s right to choose, to protect and expand civil rights and voting rights, to promote clean energy and green jobs, and to reform the country’s broken immigration laws.

Previously, Sánchez served on the House Judiciary Committee where her work to bring oversight and transparency back to Congress received national recognition. In her previous service as Chair of the http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subcommittee.html">House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law (CAL), Sánchez helped lead the Congressional investigation into the Bush Administration’s firing of nine United States Attorneys in 2006.

Sánchez’ role as a leader in the investigation of the politicization of the Department of Justice was highlighted in 2008 when she recommended that Karl Rove be held in contempt of Congress after failing to abide by a congressional subpoena and appear in front of the CAL subcommittee. Sánchez has also brought greater scrutiny to the misuse of arbitration and has worked to address the mortgage crisis through existing bankruptcy law that would help keep families in their homes.

To learn more about Congresswoman Sánchez’ leadership roles and her committee work, click http://lindasanchez.house.gov/index.php/about-linda/committees-and-caucuses">here.

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