10/19/2012 07:41 am ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman From California, Talks Equal Pay, Her Mother's Kitchen And Military Sexual Assault

Loretta Sanchez, a congresswoman from California, is the third highest ranking Democrat and the most senior female member on the Armed Services Committee. She is a graduate of Chapman University and American University's MBA program.

In anticipation of the November 6 congressional elections, HuffPost Women caught up with her about who she is, why she's running and how to get involved with her campaign.

What's your favorite quality in another person?

What three words best describe you?
Energetic, happy, thinking.

What's your biggest flaw?

What failure are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for having bad eyesight, which prevented me from becoming a commercial pilot and instead, led me to having the best job in the world -- representing the people of California's 47th Congressional District.

If you weren't you, who would you be?
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, because she was so fast and fearless.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
The place I was born, raised, and live now -- Orange County, California.

What woman do you most look up to?
Any woman who is over 5 foot 4.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do.

What's your joy trigger?
Working in my garden on my rose bushes.

What is your favorite book?
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.

What is your favorite album?
"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" or "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd.

Where did you have the best meal of your life?
In my mother’s kitchen.

What is your favorite thing you've ever worn and why?
The first pair of high heels my mother ever let me buy, at age 17.

What talent do you wish you had?
The ability to sing well.

What quality or accomplishment do you want people to know you for?
My legislative work and determination to put an end to sexual assualt in the military.

What makes you feel the most free?
Climbing very tall mountains.

Why are you running?
To change the world and make it an even better place.

What is the most important issue for women in this election?
Equal pay for equal work.

How can readers get involved in your campaign?
Go on our webpage, www.loretta.org, and visit our campaign Facebook and Twitter for more information!