Rep. Sanchez is the third highest ranking Democrat and the most senior female member on the Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez is also the second ranked and most senior female member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she has served since the committee's institution.
In Congress, Rep. Sanchez has been a leader in securing America's border with Mexico. A strong advocate for southwest border security, she frequently appears on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, and other national media outlets to discuss the importance of economic development and trade along the U.S.-Mexico border and ports of entry. She frequently meets with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other national security officials to provide guidance on critical issues, including combating human, weapons, and drug trafficking and ensuring interagency cooperation on national security issues.
Rep. Sanchez is Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam and a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, the New Democrat Coalition, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She is also Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea. She was appointed by Leader Pelosi to serve on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bipartisan, bicameral committee that continually monitors matters relating to the US economy, including unemployment, foreclosures, and interest rates. Congresswoman Sanchez strongly supports small businesses and is founder and co-chair of the Small Business Information Technology (IT) Caucus.
House Minority Whip Hoyer has named Rep. Sanchez to the Democratic National Security Working Group. She is a board member of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and the U.S. Air Force Board of Visitors. The Blue Dog Coalition appointed Rep. Sanchez to the Task Force on Oversight and Regulatory Review and she is also a member of the New Democratic Coalition's Task Forces on Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform and Education. Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Rep. Sanchez to serve on the Vietnam Education Board. Congresswoman Sanchez has also been appointed by Leader Pelosi and Ranking Member Howard Berman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to serve as co-chair of the prestigious Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue.
A product of public schools and Head Start, Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman University and American University's MBA program. Prior to serving in Congress, she was a financial manager at the Orange County Transportation Authority, an assistant vice president at Fieldman, Rollap and Associates, and an associate at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton.