Rep. Linda Sanchez Expecting a Baby
Updated, 5:53 p.m. ET
News Flash: Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), 39 and single, is pregnant. She would be the first single member of the House to deliver a baby while in office.
The congresswoman's pregnancy was announced today in this Op-Ed column published in the Los Angeles Times, written by one of the paper's columnists.
"You're practically the first to know," columnist Patt Morrison writes. "Even her sister and fellow congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez, didn't know until a few days ago."
According to the column, Sanchez and her boyfriend of a year and half, Jim Sullivan, a public relations consultant, are "unofficially engaged." The baby is due May 21.
(Photo -- Courtesy of Rep. Linda Sanchez)
"I don't know how it'll be received," Sanchez told the L.A. Times columnist. "I hope people will recognize that to be able to plan that in your life -- I don't think that marriage and childbirth are black and white. There are certain instances in which you have to do things in reverse order."
According to the office of the House historian, Sanchez is the eighth known member of the House to become pregnant while serving in the House. One of the others is currently serving with Sanchez: Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), who is married to former congressman Max Sandlin and whose baby is due Dec. 23.
The first member of the House to get pregnant while in office was Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, a Democrat from California, who was 40 years old when she gave birth to a baby girl in 1973. Next, according to the House historian, was former congresswoman Enid Greene Waldholz (R-Utah) who gave birth in 1995. The others were: former congresswoman Susan Molinari (R-NY); current Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who had twins in 1996 when she was a member of the House; current Reps. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), who had a baby last year; and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), who had her baby this year.
Sanchez is the only one among the eight who is not married.
Morrison, the columnist, writes that "'unwed' for Sanchez, like Bristol Palin, is meant to be a temporary circumstance. What helped Sarah Palin through a potentially dicey matter could also benefit Sanchez."
Sanchez says, "I'm hopeful there won't be this sort of ugliness about something that for me is really a blessed event."
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