|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 46th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Loretta Sánchez|
|Member of the California Senate|
from the 34th district
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Joe Dunn|
|Succeeded by||Janet Nguyen|
|Member of the|
Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
January 3, 2005 – December 4, 2006
|Preceded by||Charles V. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Janet Nguyen|
|Member of the California State Assembly|
from the 69th district
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
|Preceded by||Jim Morrissey|
|Succeeded by||Tom Umberg|
Jose Luis Correa
January 24, 1958
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence(s)||Santa Ana, California, U.S.|
|Education||California State University, Fullerton (BA)|
University of California, Los Angeles (JD, MBA)
Jose Luis Correa (// kə-RAY-ə; born January 24, 1958) is an American businessman and politician who is the U.S. representative for California's 46th congressional district. A Democrat, he previously served as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 34th district.
Before his career in politics, Correa was an investment banker, a real estate broker, and a college instructor.
Early life and education
Correa's paternal grandfather 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 a family. During the Great Depression, he returned to Mexico with his American-born children. Years later, Correa's father got married and moved 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, 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 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 speaking only Spanish. He struggled to learn English initially, but became fluent over time. He graduated from Anaheim High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from California State University, Fullerton and 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. He lost to Republican incumbent Jim Morrissey by just 93 votes. In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly, defeating Morrissey 54% to 43%.
While a member of the Assembly, Correa served on several committees and chaired 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 reelected to the Assembly twice but was forced from office by California's term limits law, which restricted members from serving more than three two-year terms.
In 2004, Correa 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 June primary, Correa defeated Republican Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher in the November general election by a margin of 1,392 votes. He was sworn into the State Senate on December 4, 2006.
U.S. House of Representatives
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.
2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol
Correa was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College vote 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 Congress members, 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."
A group of Trump supporters harassed Correa at Dulles International Airport as he was leaving Washington to return 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. He supported efforts to impeach Trump and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Blue Dog Coalition
- New Democrat Coalition
- House Baltic Caucus
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Blue Collar Caucus
- Problem Solvers Caucus
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