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Lou Correa
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 46th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byLoretta Sánchez
Member of the California State Senate
from the 34th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byJoe Dunn
Succeeded byJanet Nguyen
Member of the
Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
In office
January 3, 2005 – December 4, 2006
Preceded byCharles V. Smith
Succeeded byJanet Nguyen
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 69th district
In office
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded byJim Morrissey
Succeeded byTom Umberg
Personal details
Jose Luis Correa

(1958-01-24) January 24, 1958 (age 66)
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Esther Correa
(m. 1990)
Residence(s)Santa Ana, California, U.S.
EducationCalifornia State University, Fullerton (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (JD, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Jose Luis Correa[1] (/kəˈrə/ kə-RAY; born January 24, 1958) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for California's 46th congressional district since 2017. His district is based in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim and Santa Ana, as well as parts of Orange. A member of the Democratic Party, Correa represented the 34th district in the California State Senate from 2006 to 2014.

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

Early life and education[edit]

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.[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, 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.[2]

Correa started second grade speaking only Spanish. He struggled to learn English initially, but became fluent over time. He graduated from Anaheim High School[2] 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.[3]

California legislature[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

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.[4] In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly, defeating Morrissey 54% to 43%.[5]

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.[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[edit]

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 State Senator Joe Dunn.[7]

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.[8] He was sworn into the State Senate on December 4, 2006.

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

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

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



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]


Correa was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[11] He left the caucus after a disagreement over the group's rebranding.[12]

2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol[edit]

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."[13]

A group of approximately 20 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.[14] He supported efforts to impeach Trump and called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[15]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 118th Congress:[16]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]


Correa has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and an F rating from the Susan B. Anthony List for his abortion-relating voting history.[24][25] He opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade, saying: "By preventing women from having access to health care, we are putting their lives in jeopardy. The decision should be left to woman, her doctor, and her god."[26]


In 2022, Correa was one of 16 Democrats to vote against the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]


  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 November 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Lundquist, Paulette (October 10, 2017). "Correa". The Hill. Retrieved November 21, 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 October 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Rebranding rift guts Blue Dog Dem ranks". Politico. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  13. ^ Welborn, Larry (January 7, 2021). "OC Rep. Correa relieved 'slaughter' avoided when rioters stormed Capitol". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  14. ^ Staggs, Brooke (January 9, 2021). "Hecklers shout insults at Rep. Lou Correa in airport". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  15. ^ "A Growing List of Lawmakers and Groups Support Impeaching Trump or Invoking the 25th Amendment". Alaska Native News. January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "J. Luis Correa". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  17. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  18. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Problem Solvers Caucus Announces Membership and Executive Council for the 118th Congress". March 8, 2023. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  22. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  23. ^ Terris, Ben (July 6, 2023). "AOC, Dan Crenshaw and the mellow struggle for psychedelic drug access". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 8, 2023. Retrieved February 22, 2024.
  24. ^ "Congressional Record". NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  25. ^ "Congressional Record". NARAL Pro-Choice America. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  26. ^ "Congressman Correa Statement on Supreme Courts Decisions to Overturn Roe V. Wade | U.S. Congressman Lou Correa of California". correa.house.gov. June 24, 2022. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  27. ^ "House passes antitrust bill that hikes M&A fees as larger efforts targeting tech have stalled". CNBC. September 29, 2022.
  28. ^ "H.R. 3843: Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 -- House Vote #460 -- Sep 29, 2022".

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Preceded by Member of the California Assembly
from 69th district

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Preceded by Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district

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California Senate
Preceded by Member of the California Senate
from 34th district

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 46th congressional district

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