Linda Sanchez is not only the youngest in house leadership, but she is also the first Latina to accomplish this. The 47-year-old won a 98-96 vote on (Nov. 30).
“I am honored to have the confidence and support of my colleagues, and I look forward to working on behalf of the entire Democratic Caucus. Every day I will do everything I can to strengthen our Democratic Caucus and put us in the strongest position.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sanchez said she viewed being vice chairwoman as “a conduit of information from the membership to percolate it up to leadership.” Sanchez also said the she is in a unique position because she can be a part of meetings that try to bring awareness to certain issues. Additionally, she feels that she has put in the work by listening to ideas, concerns, and suggestions of those who were running against her to win that chair.
History would’ve been made regardless. Representative Barbara Lee, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, had the possibility of being the first black woman elected to leadership. Lee’s campaign ran on the promise that she would focus on issues people cared about and focus on community meetings. Lee is not allowing the loss, saying, “I’m going to create ways to do it, trust me.” California Democrats expressed how hard it was to decide who was going to be a better chairwoman.
Sanchez had the utmost respect for her deserving opponent and is thankful for her “spirited campaign.” She went on to say, “She will continue to be a leading member of our Caucus. We all value her knowledge and passion which will be critical to our success as we move forward together.”
With Sanchez’s plans to strengthen the community, in her winning words that she said for her recent press release: let’s get this work.
— Latinas Lead CA (@LatinasLeadCA) December 1, 2016
— The Hill (@thehill) November 30, 2016