Loretta Sanchez, US Congresswoman

Happy Birthday to Loretta Sanchez, US Congresswoman, entrepreneur, and small business owner.  Sanchez represents the 46th district in California.  She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants; her father was a machinist and her mother was a secretary.  Sanchez earned her BA with a scholarship to Chapman University and her MBA at American University.  After working in the public sector, she was elected to Congress in a close match in 1996.  While viewed as a moderate Democrat, she was one of the few members of Congress to vote against the ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2002, once again demonstrating the wisdom of Latina women.  Her sister, Linda, was also elected to the US Congress, and the two women made history as the first sisters to serve simultaneously in the US Congress.