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Rep. Loretta Sanchez Aims to Become First Latina Senator

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By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 03:59 PM

The Senate may get its first Latina senator in 2016, as the power of women in Congress continues to grow.

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat, announced her decision over the weekend to run to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer in the 2016 election, which could be an election for the history books, David Hawkings writes in his blog for Roll Call.

"It would be a major milestone in the history of American Latinos, who have seen their political influence lag far behind their transformation of the nation's demographics," Hawkings explains.

Sanchez will face California Attorney General Kamala Harris, also a Democrat, who will be a tough candidate to defeat because Harris has won statewide elections and has some significant endorsements.

According to Hawkings, it also doesn't help that Sanchez had a rocky rollout of her campaign, in which she seemed to be mocking American Indians, for which she has since apologized.

However, he says it is worth looking at "the important ways in which Sanchez fits in the current stories about women in both congressional politics and the congressional power dynamic."

There have been 160 congressional elections in which the candidates were both women, including 14 for Senate.

Sanchez has represented Orange County in Congress since 1996, where she is the second highest-ranking Democrat on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, which means she comes with a lot of national security experience.

While the Republicans have control of Congress, six out of every seven female lawmakers are Democrats. In the current Congress, a significant number of women are in leadership rolls in their party's caucuses and in committees.

In fact, Hawkings writes that "the presence of women with authority at the committee level may be most striking of all," and Sanchez is among these powerful female lawmakers who are "central to writing the legislative history of the present."

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