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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 46th district
January 3, 2017
|Member of the California Senate|
from the 34th district
December 4, 2006 - November 30, 2014
|Member of the|
Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
January 3, 2005 - December 4, 2006
|Charles V. Smith|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 69th district
December 7, 1998 - November 30, 2004
Jose Luis Correa
January 24, 1958
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||California State University, Fullerton (BA)|
University of California, Los Angeles (JD, MBA)
Jose Luis Correa ( 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly when he defeated Morrissey 54% to 43%.
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. 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.
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.
Correa was sworn into the California State Senate on December 4, 2006.
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%).
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.  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.
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." 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. Correa supported efforts to impeach Trump and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
| Member of the California Assembly
from 69th district
| Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
| Member of the California Senate
from 34th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 46th congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Communications
Served alongside: Stephanie Murphy (Administration), Tom O'Halleran (Policy)
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives