Biography

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California's 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove in Orange County.

Rep. Sanchez began her congressional career in January of 1997 and is currently serving her ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee, as well as the bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

As the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Rep. Sanchez is a recognized leader on military and national security issues. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, where she works to prepare our Armed Forces for a new generation of security challenges. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, making sure our nation is appropriately prepared for any missile or nuclear attacks.

As the founder and co-chair of the Women in the Military Caucus, Rep. Sanchez advocates for female service members to serve in combat roles and fights to stamp out sexual assault in the armed forces. She passed a long-shot bill that updated sexual assault provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well as a bill to create a sexual assault database.

Rep. Sanchez has also served on the House Homeland Security Committee (HSC) since its inception after the 9/11 attacks and is now the committee’s second ranked Democrat. She serves on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, focused on keeping our land and sea borders safe and secure as well as the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. On the HSC, Rep. Sanchez addresses issues ranging from immigration reform to human trafficking to oversight of surveillance programs.

In addition to her committee work, Rep. Sanchez gives Orange County a strong voice in Congress. She stays connected by traveling back to California nearly every weekend, regularly visiting schools and businesses and meeting with residents. She is committed to facilitating job creation, reducing crime, supporting quality educational opportunities and increasing access to affordable health care for everyone.

A product of public schools and Head Start, Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman University and American University's MBA program. Prior to serving in Congress, Sanchez worked in the financial markets, with firms including Booz Allen Hamilton and Fieldman Rolapp.