Lois Capps

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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Natural Resources
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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


Record and controversies

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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


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

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.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
JStreetPAC$ 25,606
University of California$ 20,400
Ocean Champions$ 13,850
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 13,600
League of Conservation Voters$ 13,408
National Education Assn$ 10,500
Lost Arrow Corp$ 10,400
Rubin, Postaer & Assoc$ 10,400
Sonos Inc$ 10,400
Human Rights Campaign$ 10,200
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Lois Capps
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

"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 in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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.


DC office
  • 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3601 Fax: 202-225-5632
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District offices
  • 141 South A Street, Suite 204 Oxnard, CA 93030
    Ph: 805-385-3440 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    Ph: 805-546-8348 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1216 State Street, Suite 403 Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Ph: 805-730-1710 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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Articles and resources


  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.


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