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Lou Correa

Lou Correa
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 46th district

January 3, 2017
Loretta Sánchez
Member of the California Senate
from the 34th district

December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2014
Joe Dunn
Janet Nguyen
Member of the
Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district

January 3, 2005 - December 4, 2006
Charles V. Smith
Janet Nguyen
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 69th district

December 7, 1998 - November 30, 2004
Jim Morrissey
Tom Umberg
Personal details
Jose Luis Correa

(1958-01-24) January 24, 1958 (age 62)
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Esther Correa
(m. 1990)
EducationCalifornia State University, Fullerton (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (JD, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Jose Luis Correa[1] ( k?-RAY-?; born January 24, 1958) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for California's 46th congressional district. A Democrat, he served as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 34th Senate district.

Prior to his career in politics, Correa was an investment banker, a real estate broker, and a college instructor.

Early life and education

Lou Correa's paternal grandfather originally came to the United States from Mexico to work for the Southern Pacific Transportation Company in the 1910s. His grandfather settled down in the U.S. and started family. During the Great Depression, he returned to Mexico with his American-born children. Years later, the man who would become Correa's father, would get married and move from Mexico to California.[2]

Correa was born in East Los Angeles. His mother was killed in a car accident in Mexico when he was two. This resulted in Correa and his father moving to Zacatecas in Mexico. Five years later, he and his father moved to the Penguin City neighborhood in Anaheim, California. Correa's family unit comprised his father, Correa's sister, and an aunt whom he called "mom." Correa's father worked at a cardboard factory. His aunt cleaned hotel rooms making $1.50 an hour. The family moved regularly due to the cost of rent.[2]

Correa started second grade only knowing Spanish. He struggled to learn English initially, but, became fluent over time. He eventually graduated from Anaheim High School.[2] He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in economics from California State University, Fullerton as well as a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.[3]

California Legislature

State Assembly

Correa's political career began in 1996 when he ran for the California State Assembly as the Democratic nominee in the 69th Assembly district. In a very close race, he lost to Republican incumbent Jim Morrissey by just 93 votes.[4] In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly when he defeated Morrissey 54% to 43%.[5]

While a member of the Assembly, Correa served on several committees and was the chair of the Committee on Business and Professions, the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee; the Select Committee on Mobile Homes; and the Select Committee on MCAS El Toro Reuse.

Correa was re-elected to the Assembly twice but was forced from office by California's term limits law, which restricts members from serving more than three two-year terms.

In 2004, he campaigned for and was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, becoming the first Democrat to serve on the board since 1987.[6] He represented the first district, which includes the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster as well as unincorporated areas of the county including Midway City.

State Senate

Correa during his time in the state Senate

In January 2006, Correa entered the race for the Democratic Party nomination for the California State Senate 34th district, a seat vacated by termed out Democratic State Senator Joe Dunn.[7]

After defeating Assemblyman Tom Umberg in the contested June primary, Correa faced off against Republican Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher in the November general election. In yet another close race, Correa won the election with a margin of victory of 1,392 votes.[8]

Correa was sworn into the California State Senate on December 4, 2006.

In 2010, Correa was reelected against Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille Kring.

In a January 27, 2015 special election, he ran for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, but was narrowly defeated by former Garden Grove City Councilman Andrew Do by a razor-thin margin of 43 votes (0.1%).

U.S. House of Representatives



In 2016 Correa ran for the United States Congress for the 46th district, which was being vacated by 10-term incumbent Loretta Sanchez, who was running for United States Senate. [9] He came in first in the June 7 primary with 43.7% of the vote, and won the general election against Democrat Bao Nguyen, who earned 14.6% of the vote in the top-two primary, with 69.9% of the vote.[10]


He is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[11]

2021 storming of the United States Captiol

Correa was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College count when supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol. He was in the House Chamber when rioters tried to break through the chamber doors. He hid in the gallery with other Congressmembers, holding a gas mask in case of tear gas. He said the rioters "have been misled by this crazy, tyrant president who keeps saying it was stolen from him when it wasn't."[12] Correa was harassed by a group of Trump supporters at Dulles International Airport after he was leaving Washington to return back to Orange County after certifying the electoral votes. People called him names and one man told him "Your lie has been exposed. This not a democracy. It is a republic." After one woman told him to "go to work in China", Correa responded, "Maybe Russia is better. Comrade! Comrade!" Minutes later, airport police dispersed the crowd. Correa expressed concern that the airport police did not question or detain the harassers.[13] Correa supported efforts to impeach Trump and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[14]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

In 1990, Correa married his wife, Esther. They lived in Anaheim with Correa's father until Correa was in his 40s.[2] Correa lives in Santa Ana, California. He and his wife have four children.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Joseph, Brian (June 3, 2011). "Debt collector erroneously garnishes OC lawmaker's wages". The Orange County Register.
  2. ^ a b c d Mai-Duc, Christine (December 2, 2016). "Orange County's new 'homegrown' congressman plans to bring an immigrant's perspective to Washington". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b Lundquist, Paulette (October 10, 2017). "Correa". TheHill. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Warren, Peter (December 6, 1996). "Vote Recount Called Off by Assembly Candidate". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "Decision '98: The Final Count". Los Angeles Times. November 5, 1998.
  6. ^ Weikel, Dan (November 3, 2004). "Orange County Elections". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Quach, Hanh Kim (January 26, 2006). "34th Senate race likely to get heated, expensive". The Orange County Register.
  8. ^ Wisckol, Martin (October 24, 2006). "The Hot Senate Race". The Orange County Register.
  9. ^ "Lou Correa for Congress". Lou Correa for Congress.
  10. ^ "California's 46th Congressional District election, 2016". Ballotpedia.
  11. ^ "Members". Blue dog coalition. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Welborn, Larry (January 7, 2021). "OC Rep. Correa relieved 'slaughter' avoided when rioters stormed Capitol". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ Staggs, Brooke (January 9, 2021). "Hecklers shout insults at Rep. Lou Correa in airport". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "A Growing List of Lawmakers and Groups Support Impeaching Trump or Invoking the 25th Amendment". Alaska Native News. January 8, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "Members". Blue Dog Coalition. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved 2018.

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Jim Morrissey
Member of the California Assembly
from 69th district

Succeeded by
Tom Umberg
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Smith
Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district

Succeeded by
Janet Nguyen
California Senate
Preceded by
Joe Dunn
Member of the California Senate
from 34th district

Succeeded by
Janet Nguyen
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 46th congressional district

Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry Cuellar
Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Communications
Served alongside: Stephanie Murphy (Administration), Tom O'Halleran (Policy)
Succeeded by
Tom O'Halleran
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Liz Cheney
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charlie Crist

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