Jana Gives Thanks: Sanchez for Congress Statement in Advance of Filing

Yesterday I stayed late with campaign staffers to respond to the news that US Representative Joe Barton had apologized after graphic photos of him were released online. You can read my statement in response here.

Our district was thrown into the national spotlight, but not for the reasons we want. Our district is populated by good people who build their lives here—despite three decades of poor representation from Joe Barton.

That was yesterday. This is today.

Today is a day of thanksgiving and I have much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the excellent public school teachers I had right here in District 6, in the towns of Maypearl, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. Those teachers’ guidance allowed me to succeed academically and go on to a four-year university. I promise to fight for public schools and get them the resources they need.

I am thankful for the financial aid I received, which made it possible for the granddaughter of migrant workers to graduate from Rice University and perhaps to represent her home district—a dream my grandparents Lonjino ad Iris Sanchez never even had. I promise to fight for students, who need financial help to make it through education, which has never been more expensive.

I am thankful for the time I spent working for brave, committed democrats like Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy and US Congressman John Garamendi, who believed that reaching across the aisle is not just something you say; it’s something you believe and you do every single day because you work for the people and they deserve the best. I promise to stay true to my commitment to work with anyone who has a good idea and the ability to see it through.

I am thankful for the decade I spent working in the press (starting at the Baltimore Sun and ending at Reuters in Amsterdam), where I learned that democracy cannot function without a free and open society, and where elected officials answer the questions and concerns of the people they were elected to represent. I promise to be honest with my constituents and represent their interests, not my own.

I am thankful for the opportunity I had to co-run a business, which taught me that the small businesses that employ so many people in my district are the bedrock of a thriving economy. I promise to defend small businesses.

I am thankful for the groundswell of support that leaders across the country have seen in the wake of the 2016 election to return to the values this country was built on: a country where it really is possible for a little girl from a small town to be the first in her family to graduate from college, to run for office and maybe—just maybe—to be the first Latina elected to congress from Texas. I promise that I will be an advocate for women and people of color, who need to know that their place is wherever they want it to be—in my case, in the US House of Representatives.

Finally, I am thankful for each of my supporters, and for all the ways they have supported this campaign. This includes the supporters who have made contributions ranging from $1 to the maximum allowed $2700, who have helped us reach over 4000 voters in the district by knocking on doors, who have made phone calls on my behalf, who have spread the word online and in person, who believe in this campaign and without whom this grassroots effort would not be possible. These supporters have shown up and reminded me that there are thousands and millions of people willing to do the hard work democracy requires. I promise to keep working as hard as you do.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) polling shows that some districts that Trump won by 10 points are now likely to swing as much as 10 points to Democrats. With the right candidate, this district could be one of the targeted 60-80 seats the DCCC invests in in 2018.

I am that candidate. I’m proud of the successes that the campaign has had so far, but my eyes are set on the future. As Congresswoman, I will work hard for my home district. Throughout this campaign I have learned so much about what keeps my neighbors up at night. I promise to keep asking questions and listening –not just now but in the years to come.

Jana Lynne Sanchez

 Jana flag video

Note: If you’re just hearing about my campaign now, welcome. I started this campaign a year ago because I care about my home district, and that hasn’t changed. I want to continue to run this campaign on the issues that matter to my neighbors in District 6. Those issues include:

-Quality, affordable healthcare for everyone
-Excellent public schools
-Great jobs for high school graduates, who make up 70% of the people in this District

My policies are laid out in detail on my website, which is https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/.


If you’re a supporter already, now is the time to step up. Our campaign has raised more money than any previous Democratic challenger, but we are losing steam. The New York Times points out we don’t have as much cash on hand as we’ll need to get elected. Please donate what you can.


Sanchez Campaign endorsed by Climate Hawks Vote: the first candidate endorsed for the 2018 House of Representatives

Climate Hawks Vote announced their first endorsement for the 2018 House of Representatives on November 15: Jana Lynne Sanchez for US Congress in the Texas 6th District. Their announcement is as follows: 

Climate Hawks Vote

We’re excited to announce our first endorsement for the 2018 House of Representatives: Jana Lynne Sanchez, running to be the fossil-free Democratic opponent against incumbent climate denier Joe Barton in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Texas’ primary is March 6, one of the first in the nation.

Jana Lynne Sanchez just might be the bravest candidate in Texas—she’s the first candidate from this fossil-fueled state to publicly sign our pledge not to take any money from the fossil fuel industry.

Jana is running for office on a pro-solar, pro-jobs platform. She’s doing the work to get into office, with fundraising far outpacing the other candidates in the primary. She’s organizing — helping other Texas Latina Democrats running for Congress and state legislature. And she’s traveled to Houston for hurricane relief work.

There are other good people running in the Democratic primary, which is why we asked Climate Hawks Vote members in the district who to endorse. Jana won over 73 percent of the survey— we thank all who voted and spread the word.

We think Jana can win this red Texas district because she’s a strong candidate running against a weak incumbent. Barton has been one of the worst polluter-financed politicians in Congress since he was first elected in 1984, earning the nickname “Smokey Joe” for his endless attacks on the Clean Air Act. When BP caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Barton demanded that then-President Barack Obama apologize to them. Barton has a long track record of ridiculous comments in defense of the oil-and-gas industry, like his claim that global warming is a “net benefit to mankind.”

Barton isn’t just a denier of climate science—Barton votes to deny relief to the survivors of climate disasters, even his fellow Texans. In September, he was just one of four Texans to vote against relief for Hurricane Harvey. Then in October, he doubled down as one of just three of Texans voting to deny relief to Americans surviving the western wildfires and Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and (again) Harvey.

Thanks to the contributions of Climate Hawks Vote members like you, we’re already actively campaigning against Barton, running targeted ads on social media calling him out as #HarveyHeartless in his district. The American people deserve better—and Barton’s constituents deserve better.

We don’t have to watch climate deniers get re-elected year after year without putting up a fight. We can help climate champions like Jana Lynne Sanchez sweep into office across this nation.

Your fellow climate hawk,

RL Miller

Donate to Jana here.

Donate to Climate Hawks here.


@JanaSanchez, 9/26/17: “I’ve just signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge”

‘Smokey Joe’ Barton: Global Warming ‘Is A Net Benefit to Mankind,’ ThinkProgress

Eight More Deep Thoughts From Rep. Joe Barton, Time

Four Texas House Members Voted Against Harvey Relief…for Texas, Houston Press

Latino Majority PAC supports the Jana Lynne Sanchez campaign

Backed by Latino Majority PAC, Latinos Against Trump announced their support for the Jana Lynne Sanchez campaign in an email on Thursday. Their statement read:

The Votes Are In!

Latinos Against Trump is proud to announce the first candidate to receive our support: Jana Sanchez

Jana Sanchez

Trained in political science and journalism, and raised right there in Texas, Jana Sanchez is a dedicated problem solver with a head for practical solutions. She is a leader the Latino community can be proud to put forward. Latinos Against Trump is excited to support such an incredible candidate, but it’s up to you to make that support count.

Our support is only as meaningful as you make it. We know you and thousands of others are out there to support strong Latino candidates like Jana, and this is the time to show it. Now is when your contributions will have the most impact. You can help her establish her campaign early and get her message out before her opponents. 2018 might seem a long way away, but with this much on the line we can’t take any chances.

Please donate to the Sanchez campaign here.


Statement: Sutherland Springs mass shooting

On Sunday morning, November 5, a shooter walked into a small church in Sutherland Springs, TX and began killing the people inside. Once again we find ourselves mourning the deaths of dozens after yet another mass shooting. While some of us may have become numb to these reports, rest assured that this community will be changed forever, as will each of the communities that have been rocked by gun violence.

We need to come together to solve this. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner. Sensible regulations do not contradict our right to bear arms. In fact, most gun owners agree that there should be standards for who can have a gun. As Congresswoman, I will work hard to protect the safety and security of my constituents and all Americans. People who have a history of violent criminal behavior should not have access to firearms. Owning a gun comes with great responsibility, and each gun owner must be educated about how to safely use their gun.

We cannot accept this as the new normal. For too long, the gun lobby has held us at gun point to line their pockets under the guise of “freedom.” Well, this isn’t freedom. It isn’t freedom when you may lose your life at church, or a music concert, or a shopping mall. We are better than this, and I will fight to end gun violence in this country.