Lois Capps

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Lois Capps currently serves the 23rd Congressional district of California

Lois G. Capps, a Democrat, has represented the 23rd District of California in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1998. (District map)

Record and controversies

Iraq War

Capps voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support for gun control

Capps cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 9, 2007.[2]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Biography

Lois Capps was born January 10, 1938 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She was educated at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a nursing instructor, nurse administrator, director of the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Parent and Child Enrichment Center of Santa Barbara County and an instructor at Santa Barbara City College before entering the House.

Following the death of her husband, Representative Walter Capps, Lois Capps won the then-22nd District seat by defeating Republican Tom Bordonaro in a special election on March 10th, 1998. She was sworn into the 105th Congress on March 17th. Capps successfully defended her seat against the same opponent in a general election that November, and commenced her first full term in office. In 2000, Capps retained her seat, defeating Republican Mike Stoker with 53% of the vote. After her re-election in 2002, Lois became the representative for the newly redistricted 23rd District. In November 2004, she was reelected by a substantial margin, defeating Republican challenger Don Regan by 63% to 34%.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Victor D. Tognazzini to face Capps in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Capps retained her seat.

2008 elections

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This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.


Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Lois Capps, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

"Pork barrel" spending

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a group that advocates for lower federal spending, named Rep. Capps and Rep. Devin Nunes (R,CA-21) "Porker of the Month" in February 2008 for "attempting to impede the recovery of hundreds of millions in over-payments to Medicare providers in the state of California." [3]

According to CAGW, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) to help "in uncovering both over and under payments to hospitals and healthcare providers". In California, RACs have uncovered $120 million in over-payments to Medicare providers.[4]

CAGW specifically cites H.R. 4105, co-sponsored by Capps and Nunes, as a bill that "would place a one-year moratorium on the RAC program." In effect, this provision would allow for Californian hospitals to hold on to the over-payed money.[5] However, H.R. 4105 was never passed by Congress.[6]

Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Lois Capps. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
1707 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3601
Fax: 202-225-5632
Website
Web Email

District Office- Oxnard:
141 South A Street, Suite 204
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 805-385-3440
Fax: 805-385-3399

District Office- San Luis Obispo:
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-546-8348
Fax: 805-546-8368

District Office- Santa Barbara:
1216 State Street, Suite 403
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-730-1710
Fax: 805-730-9153

Articles and resources

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  3. "CAGW Names California Reps. Capps and Nunes Porkers of the Month" Citizens Against Government Waste, February 12, 2008.
  4. "CAGW Names California Reps. Capps and Nunes Porkers of the Month" Citizens Against Government Waste, February 12, 2008.
  5. "CAGW Names California Reps. Capps and Nunes Porkers of the Month" Citizens Against Government Waste, February 12, 2008.
  6. "Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor Program Moratorium Act of 2007" GovTrack.us, February 12, 2008.

Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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None
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife and Oceans, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
Special Election, March 10, 1998
First Took Current Office:
March 17, 1998
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
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District Offices:
1. 141 South A Street, Suite 204 Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 805-385-3440 / Fax: 805-385-3399
2. 1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-546-8348 / Fax: 805-546-8368
3. 1216 State Street, Suite 403 Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-730-1710 / Fax: 805-730-9153




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Date of Birth: January 10, 1938