Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) says the foreclosure auction of her Sacramento house was improper and contrary to a written agreement she had with her lender.
In a long interview Friday with the Associated Press, she struck back against reports that she had defaulted on her mortgage.
Her house was sold at auction earlier this month.
Richardson said the sale never should have happened and that she had renegotiated her loan to pay it off.
She said she is not getting special terms because she is a congresswoman.
In fact, Richardson said the experience has allowed her to relate to the thousands of other Americans -- including many in her district -- confronted with foreclosures. She said she wants to testify before Congress about it.
Last year, Richardson was elected to serve the 37th Congressional District, which includes portions of Carson, Compton, Long Beach and Signal Hill.
She previously served on the Long Beach City Council and in the state Assembly.