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It's a boy for Rep. Linda Sanchez

May 14, 2009 |  7:40 am

U.S. Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Lakewood) has announced the birth of her son: Joaquin Sanchez Sullivan was born Wednesday, weighing 7 pounds, 14.6 ounces and was 20.6 inches long.

 “I couldn’t be happier,” the congresswoman said in a statement. Her husband, Jim Sullivan, added: “Linda and I have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Mother and baby are both healthy and happy. Joaquin’s arrival is a long-awaited welcome in our lives and we are richer because of it.”

Sanchez married Sullivan a few weeks ago.

The Times' Patt Morrison last year had some insights when Sanchez first announced her pregnancy:

Ordinarily, this would not make headlines, except to the Sanchez family and maybe in a newsletter to the 39th Congressional District in southeast L.A. County, which just elected her to her fourth term. It's no big deal nowadays when members of Congress give birth. The first was Mrs. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, 35 years ago. What makes Sanchez's pregnancy news is that she is not married to the baby's father -- not yet, anyway. You're practically the first to know. Even her sister and fellow congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez, didn't know until a few days ago. The baby's father and Sanchez's "unofficially engaged" beau of a year and a half is Jim Sullivan, a government and PR consultant and the divorced father of three boys.

-- Shelby Grad