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Rep. Linda Sánchez

Representative for California’s 38th District

pronounced LIN-duh // SAN-chuz


Sánchez is the representative for California’s 38th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Sánchez is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

She was previously the representative for California’s 39th congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Linda Sánchez [D-CA38]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sánchez is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sánchez has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Linda Sánchez sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Sánchez was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sánchez sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (25%) Health (18%) Education (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Labor and Employment (10%) Social Welfare (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sánchez recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Sánchez voted Yea

Sánchez voted No

Sánchez voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Sánchez voted Aye

Sánchez voted Nay

Passed 394/1 on Apr 26, 2013.

Sánchez voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Sánchez voted Nay

Sánchez voted Nay

Passed 263/171 on Oct 3, 2008.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of economic stimulus relief during the 2008 financial crisis as well as other unrelated provisions. It was the …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Aug 2022, Sánchez missed 612 of 13,134 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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