Lou Correa

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Lou Correa
Lou Correa official portrait.jpg
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
In office
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
In office
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
In office
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded by Jim Morrissey
Succeeded by Tom Umberg
Personal details
Born (1958-01-24) January 24, 1958 (age 60)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Esther Correa
Children 4
Education California State University, Fullerton (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (JD, MBA)
Website House website

Jose Luis Correa[1] /kəˈrə/ (born January 24, 1958 in Anaheim, California) 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.

A graduate of Anaheim High School, Correa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cal State Fullerton as well as a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from UCLA. He was an investment banker, a real estate broker, and a college instructor.

Early career[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. In a very close race, he lost to Republican incumbent Jim Morrissey by just 93 votes.[2] In a 1998 rematch, Correa was elected to the Assembly when he defeated Morrissey 54% to 43%.[3]

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.[4] 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 Democratic State Senator Joe Dunn.[5]

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.[6] As of 2016, he is the last Democrat to serve on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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

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

In 2014, he ran for the Orange County Board of Supervisors but was defeated.

In a January 27, 2015 special election, he again ran for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, but was narrowly defeated by Garden Grove City Councilman Andrew Do.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Correa ran for the United States Congress for the 46th District in 2016.[7] 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.[8] He is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph, Brian (June 3, 2011). "Debt collector erroneously garnishes OC lawmaker's wages". The Orange County Register. 
  2. ^ Warren, Peter (December 6, 1996). "Vote Recount Called Off by Assembly Candidate". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Decision '98: The Final Count". Los Angeles Times. November 5, 1998. 
  4. ^ Weikel, Dan (November 3, 2004). "Orange County Elections". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Quach, Hanh Kim (January 26, 2006). "34th Senate race likely to get heated, expensive". The Orange County Register. 
  6. ^ Wisckol, Martin (October 24, 2006). "The Hot Senate Race". The Orange County Register. 
  7. ^ http://www.loucorrea.com/#!CORREA-FOR-CONGRESS/c5rk/5554f16b0cf21fee138d5fef
  8. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_46th_Congressional_District_election,_2016
  9. ^ "Members". Blue dog coalition. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Members". Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Retrieved 15 May 2018. 
  13. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Morrissey
California State Assemblyman
69th District
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Succeeded by
Tom Umberg
Preceded by
Charles V. Smith
Orange County Supervisor
1st District
January 3, 2005 – December 4, 2006
Succeeded by
Janet Nguyen
Preceded by
Joe Dunn
California State Senator
34th District
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2014
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Loretta Sanchez
United States Representative for the 46th Congressional District of California
Succeeded by
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Liz Cheney
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charlie Crist