CHCI Chair Rep. Linda T. Sánchez
Recognized by her colleagues and the national media as a leading voice for working families and civil rights issues, Rep. Linda Sánchez has represented Southeast Los Angeles County since 2003.
She is Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, and serves on the powerful Ways & Means Committee. She is co-founder of the Labor and Working Families Caucus and is the first Latina to serve on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
As Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, Congresswoman Sánchez 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.
On the powerful Ways and Means Committee, the Congresswoman works on federal legislation related to trade, Social Security, and Medicare. This is the chief tax-writing committee in Congress and one of the most prestigious House Committees.
Sánchez has dedicated her career to fighting for working class families. She has worked tirelessly to pursue policies that expand educational opportunities, make healthcare more affordable, and provide economic mobility to those working to give their children a better future. Her life-long commitment to progressive issues is reflected in her record to protect a woman's right to choose, expand civil rights and voting rights, and to reform the country's broken immigration laws.
The sixth of seven children, Sánchez was born in the City of Orange to immigrant parents from Mexico. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to coming to Congress, Sánchez served as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Orange County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Congresswoman Sánchez is still an active and card-carrying member of IBEW Local 441. She also worked in a private practice before going to work for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Sánchez’ service in the U.S. House of Representatives is historic as she proudly works with her sister Loretta, Congresswoman from the 47th District of California. They are the first sisters and the first women of any relation to ever serve in Congress. Congresswoman Sánchez became the eighth member of Congress to give birth while serving in office in 2009. She and her husband, James Sullivan, are the proud parents of Joaquín Sánchez Sullivan, youngest of the Sullivan brothers: Brendan, Jack, and Seamus.