Monday, August 27, 2007
Linda T. Sánchez (born January 28, 1969 in Orange, California), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 39th District of California (map). She was born in Orange, California, earned her BA in Spanish in 1991 at the University of California, Berkeley and in 1995 her Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an editor of the Chicano-Latino Law Review. She was an attorney specializing in labor law prior to her public service career. She is the younger sister of 47th District Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who is nine years her senior, making them the only sister pair to ever serve in Congress.
Linda Sánchez is considered to be more liberal than her older sister. While Loretta began her political career as a liberal Republican, Linda has always been a Democrat.
Following Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, President George W. Bush suspended the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1934 law which requires government contractors to pay prevailing wages. Linda Sánchez was a very vocal critic of the suspension, and led the fight to reverse it . Sánchez eventually won, as Bush reversed himself on October 26 , 2005.
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