|File:Jana Lynne Sanchez.jpg|
|Born||1963/1964 (age 57–58)|
Ellis County, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Rice University (BA)|
Jana Lynne Sanchez (born 1963 or 1964) is an American political organizer, journalist, and communications advisor. She was the Democratic candidate in the 2021 Texas's 6th congressional district special election and the 2018 election in the same district. Her 2018 candidacy was featured in the 2020 documentary Surge, along with Liz Watson and U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood.
Early life and education
Sanchez was born and raised in Ellis County, Texas, where her grandparents, who were migrant farm workers, settled in the 1950s. She is the daughter of Jessie (née Hutt) and Jerry Lon Sanchez. She graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1982. She earned a B.A. in political science from Rice University in 1986. At Rice, she was a news presenter for KTRU student radio and a journalist for The Rice Thresher.
Sanchez has worked as a political fundraiser, campaign manager, journalist, and public relations consultant. Sanchez has worked as a journalist for The Baltimore Sun and Reuters. In 2005, she co-founded CitySavvy, a public relations firm based in London and Amsterdam. She ran the agency until 2014, when she returned to the U.S., but continued to work for the agency in New York and across the country until 2017 when she quit to run for Congress. She and her partners sold the agency in 2019.
2018 U.S. House campaign
In 2018, Sanchez told The Hill that her family history and "anti-immigrant rhetoric" during the 2016 United States presidential election inspired her candidacy. She advocated for immigrant rights and universal affordable healthcare, and aligned with the centrist wing of the Democratic Party. She also received support from NewDemPAC. Wendy Sachs, writing as a senior contributor in Forbes, described Sanchez as the 'unofficial founder' of the Women on Fire group, which connected and supported Texas women candidates after the 2016 election. Sanchez won the May 22, 2018 Democratic primary runoff against Ruby Faye Woolridge.
In the election, Sanchez ran against Republican Ron Wright and Libertarian Jason Harber in Texas's 6th congressional district to replace Representative Joe Barton, who was retiring. Sanchez was endorsed by The Dallas Morning News and EMILY's List, and was placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) Red-to-Blue Target List. Her campaign appeared on the The Texas Tribune hot list of the most competitive Texas races in 2018, and was featured in the 2020 documentary film Surge.
Ron Wright won the election.
Sanchez has served as a board member of Tarrant Together, described by The Dallas Morning News as "an organization that aims to engage Democratic voters." She is on the board of Progress Texas, a statewide group focused on promoting progressive issues in the media. She also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Social Sciences at Rice University. On February 16, Sanchez resigned her position as treasurer and board member of Tarrant Together.
2021 U.S. House special election
On February 16, 2021, Sanchez announced her candidacy for the expected special election of the 6th congressional district and that she had already raised $100,000 for the campaign. The Washington Post reported Sanchez "favored what President Biden has proposed on health care, including a new government-run health plan and expanded Medicare and Medicaid, but not a complete replacement of the insurance market through Medicare-for-all," and that Sanchez supported the Biden administration response to the coronavirus. On May 2, Sanchez conceded the race after placing third in the all-party primary by a margin of 354 votes.
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- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
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