Congresswoman puts working families first
THE BOILERMAKERS UNION honored Linda Sanchez as Legislator of the Year at the annual LEAP conference May 7. Sanchez represents California’s 38th Congressional District, which includes parts of Los Angeles County. She represented the 39th District from 2003 until 2013. Redistricting after the 2010 census made it necessary for her to run for the 38th District, which retained much of the original area she had previously served.
Sanchez has been a strong voice for working families and has been involved substantially with judiciary and trade matters. She serves on the Ways and Means Committee and also on the House Ethics Committee. She is a co-founder of the Labor and Working Families Caucus, where she strives to ensure that workers are safe on the job and are protected from employer intimidation and retaliation.
In accepting the Legislator of the Year award, Sanchez fought back tears, telling Boilermaker delegates, “With every piece of legislation that I introduce and every vote that I take on the floor, the single-most consideration that remains in front of my mind always is ‘Is this good for working families?’ To be honored today by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, who fight tirelessly for some of the hardest-working people in the world, it really is a humbling experience.”
International President Newton B. Jones praised Rep. Sanchez, stating “She truly understands and appreciates how working families struggle, especially in these trying economic times. Her stalwart defense of workers is inspirational. We are deeply honored to acknowledge her as the Boilermakers’ Legislator of the Year.”
Linda Sanchez’s sister, Loretta, also serves in the U.S. House, representing California’s 47th District.