The Sanchezes: Capitol Sisters

Being pregnant and unmarried seems like a cardinal sin for a representative in Congress, where traditional family values are still debated. But that’s not the first gossipy headline about Rep. Linda T. Sanchez. She and her sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, are known for their bold personalities, stiletto heels and fashions that stand out in the House of Representatives. As the first and only sisters in Congress, these two have are not only shaking up traditional family values, but are also adding a lot more personality to the Hill. More after the jump.

  • When she was several months pregnant, Linda T. Sanchez quietly announced her pregnancy to a Los Angeles Times opinion columnist, who devoted an entire column to it. The column said Linda was “unofficially engaged” to Jim Sullivan, the baby’s father and a government and PR consultant.
  • In 2000, Loretta Sanchez organized a Democrat fundraiser to be held at the Playboy Mansion, but caved when party officials questioned her to change the venue or lose a speaking opportunity at the national convention in Los Angeles.
  • Loretta moved the fundraiser to a hotel, but refused to speak at the convention.
  • Linda, who is known for her sense of humor, won the 2006 “Funniest Celebrity in Washington” contest.
  • But sometimes her jokes are a little too much for fellow legislators. A Congresswoman thought Linda’s joke about Mark Foley wasn’t funny.
  • Loretta enjoys sending racy holiday cards to supporters. This year, she wore a white tank while sitting astride a motorcycle with her white cat on the handlebars. The card reads “Cruisin’ into the New Year.”
  • Loretta resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in 2007 when Rep. Joe Baca of California its chairman. She was angry about rumors that Baca called her a “whore” at an event for Latino state legislators.
  • Loretta has a MySpace page, on which she describes her appearance as “5’4″, Slim/Slender.”
  • She also said her appearance is what gets her noticed. “I don’t think that I wear red lipstick and J-Lo dresses or something. But at the same time, I’m going to be comfortable, I’m going to be me, I’m going to use what I want to use, you know?”
  • The sisters had childhood nicknames that really fit their roles in their family. Loretta, who is the second of seven children and was the take-charge older sister, was called “the warden.” And Linda, who is the sixth child, was called “the spoiled one.”

[New York Times]