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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.

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Rep. Linda Sanchez alongside her boyfriend Jim "Sully" Sullivan. (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."

The congresswoman, who represents Southeast L.A. County, waited until after the election - and safely getting through her first trimester - to break the news. Stay tuned for news on wedding plans.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 20, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
 
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Comments

Gawd! What a pig.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 20, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Adrienne. You are so mean-spirited. Why the hatred.

Posted by: Annandale | November 20, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Instead of getting pregnant this woman should focus on losing all her extra weight...why are people so OBSESE in this country anyways?? it's repulsive.

Posted by: johndoe121 | November 20, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Gawd! What a pig.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 20, 2008 4:01 PM

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Instead of getting pregnant this woman should focus on losing all her extra weight...why are people so OBSESE in this country anyways?? it's repulsive.

Posted by: johndoe121 | November 20, 2008 10:58 PM
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Not as repulsive as someone who has to make ugly comments about someone else's appearance. She obviously has a lot going for her if she won over her constituents without having the body of a beauty queen. Now there is someone I can relate to.

Posted by: baltimoremom | November 21, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

As long as both parents take full responsibility for the pregnancy and the child, I could care less whether they are legally married. And please note that large numbers of CongressMEN (not the least Strom Thurmond), single & adulterously, sire babies
without being chastised because they are not themselves visibly pregnant, nature leaving that burden on the mothers of their children.

Posted by: arussell91 | November 21, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

['' According to the column, Sanchez and her boyfriend of a year and half, Jim Sullivan, a public relations consultant,'']

ahhh - - a congress-woman ''literally'' in bed with a lobbyist - --

Posted by: mewindows | November 21, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Leave the congresswoman alone, folks. The voters in her district will judge her in 2010 by either re-electing her or not. That's good enough for me. In the meantime, I wish her and the baby's father happiness and joy.

Posted by: CharismaticPriest | November 21, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Why don't "expectant FATHERS" in Congress rate headlines or blogs? In case you had forgotten, the male part of this procedure has just as much to do with conception as the mother does. Or is there some sort of behind-the-scenes "conspiracy" going on to show how women shouldn't be in Congress? Sheeeeesh! Give it up, guys!

Posted by: kaeaea | November 24, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Comments about this woman's appearance is rude, especially from another woman, we have enough to deal with in terms of men making comments about us. Apparently, she has substance and that goes much deeper that outward appearance.

In terms of the pregnancy, I am a little more old fashioned and hope that the two will get married at some point. Regardless of today's trends, it is easier for a kid to explain two parents living in the same unit as a opposed to other arrangements.

Let's pray for a healthy and happy child that God will bless with two parents and families who will love him or her.

Posted by: crystalw1 | November 25, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Here goes that old double standard again. I'll bet that "Sully" weighs at least 50 pounds more than Linda, but nothing has been said about that. I get so sick and tired of the double standards.

Posted by: lakeside1 | November 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Surely she got knocked up in the dark. And it had to be one Hell of man that did the deed.

Posted by: PercyKution | November 25, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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