Linda Sanchez

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Linda Sanchez
Linda Sanchez.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 38
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorEdward R. Royce (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,895,359
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
J.D.University of California, Los Angeles
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1969
Place of birthOrange, California
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$275,509
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Linda T. Sánchez (b. January 28, 1969) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 38th congressional district. Sanchez was first elected to the House in 2002.

Sanchez most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 38th District. She defeated Benjamin Campos (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2] She was displaced from her former district, the 39th by redistricting.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sanchez is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Sánchez was born in Orange, California. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sanchez's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Outside of public life, Sanchez worked as an attorney in private practice.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sanchez serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Sanchez served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Endorsements

Sanchez was officially endorsed by the California Democratic Party to represent California's 38th congressional district in the 2012 elections.[7]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[8] According to the report, Sanchez secured $475,000 to improve seven traffic signals. One was about a mile from her Lakewood home. Two were within three miles.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

Sanchez's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Ensuring that every American who wants to work can find a job is Linda’s #1 priority. That is why she has been a leader in advancing the “Make It in America” Agenda. The idea behind “Make It in America” is simple: America needs to be a place where we build make things again."
  • Supporting Small Business
Excerpt: "Linda knows that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and America’s job-creation engine. That is why she is working hard in Congress to provide critical financial support to small businesses in our neighborhoods, by enacting targeted tax cuts; improving the federal contracting and procurement systems; and increasing access to capital to help create new opportunities, grow existing businesses, and boost our economy."
  • Quality, Affordable Healthcare
Excerpt: "Linda proudly voted for the Affordable Care Act, which will strengthen Medicare; prevent insurance company abuses like cutting your benefits when you get sick or refusing to cover you if you have a “pre-existing condition”; and make health insurance more affordable for 30 million hardworking American families across the United States."
  • Ensuring a Clean Environment
Excerpt: "Linda knows that cleaner air and cleaner water will help our children grow up healthier. That is why she has championed efforts to reduce dirty trucks and pollution on the 110 710 Corridor and in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles"
  • Make Our Schools Safer and More Effective
Excerpt: "Linda believes that every child deserves an A+ education: no child should have education opportunities reduced simply because of the neighborhood he or she lives in. That is why Linda has worked to reform No Child Left Behind. Rather than being a mere slogan, it should be a fully funded program that invests in our students so that they can meet the high expectations we have for them."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Sanchez voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 38th congressional district elections, 2012

Sanchez won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 38th District.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 39th by redistricting. She and Benjamin Campos (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Jorge Robles (R). Sanchez went on to defeat Campos in the November 6, 2012, general election.[12][13]

U.S. House, California District 38 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Sanchez Incumbent 67.5% 145,280
     Republican Benjamin Campos 32.5% 69,807
Total Votes 215,087
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 38 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Sanchez (D) Incumbent 56% 33,223
Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Campos (R) 22.5% 13,363
Jorge Robles (R) 21.4% 12,713
Total Votes 59,299

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanchez is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanchez raised a total of $4,895,359 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[19]

Linda Sanchez's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 38) Won $1,048,195
2010 US House (California, District 39) Won $723,863
2008 US House (California, District 39) Won $616,883
2006 US House (California, District 39) Won $643,970
2004 US House (California, District 39) Won $786,141
2002 US House (California, District 39) Won $1,076,307
Grand Total Raised $4,895,359

2012

Breakdown of the source of Sanchez's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Sanchez won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Sanchez's campaign committee raised a total of $1,048,195 and spent $1,104,479.[20]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Sanchez's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Sanchez won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Sanchez's campaign committee raised a total of $723,863 and spent $741,142.[21]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sanchez is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[22]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Sanchez missed 472 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to March 2013. This amounts to 6.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[23]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sanchez paid her congressional staff a total of $935,678 in 2011. She ranked 43rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 186th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sanchez's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$228,977 and $779,996. That averages to $275,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 26.38% from 2010.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sanchez's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-243,978 and $679,997. That averages to $218,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Sanchez is 1 of 14 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[27]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Sanchez ranked 26th in the liberal rankings.[28]

Voting with party

2013

Linda Sanchez voted with the Democratic Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 79th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Personal

Sanchez and her husband, Mark Valentine, have three children.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Primary Endorsements," Accessed March 10, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SÁNCHEZ, Linda T., (1969 - )"
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Linda Sanchez," Accessed November 12, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Proudly Serving California's 39th District "About Linda"
  7. Cerritos-Artesia Patch, "Calif. Democratic Party Endorses Sánchez", February 16, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  9. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  10. Campaign website, Issues
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  13. Unofficial election results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Linda Sanchez," Accessed March 22, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Linda Sanchez 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Linda Sanchez 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Linda Sanchez," Accessed June 7 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Linda Sanchez," Accessed April 2, 2013
  24. LegiStorm "Linda Sanchez"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Sanchez, (D-Cali), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Sanchez, (D-Cali), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Royce
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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