Linda Sánchez is ready to face the music and arts…
The 50-year-old Mexican American politician, the U.S. Representative for California’s 38th congressional district, will be part of the new Congress’ Recording Arts and Sciences Caucus.
The bi-partisan caucus was established in 2005 and works with members of the music industry to understand sector economic and cultural impact on legislation.
Sánchez joins a caucus that includeschairs House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.).
Other members of the caucus for the 116th Congressinclude Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“The 116th Congress began on a strong tailwind for music policy issues, and the robust, bipartisan membership of this caucus demonstrates a continued focus on music policy,” said Daryl P. Friedman, chief industry, government, & member relations officer for the Recording Academy, in a statement. “Recording Academymembers look forward to working with the entire caucus to ensure that creatorsʹ voices continue to be heard on issues that affect them as well as the next generation of music creators.”
Last year, music advocates in Congress helped push the monumental Music Modernization Actinto law. Over the past 14 years, caucus members have met with artists including Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Brenda Leeand Slash, along with other singers, songwriters, producers and engineers to discuss how current laws impact their work and music’s role in policy decision-making.