18 Facts About Lois Capps


Lois Ragnhild Grimsrud Capps was born on January 10,1938 and is an American politician who served as the US representative for from 1998 to 2017.

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Lois Capps was a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

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Lois Capps was educated at Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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Lois Capps earned a master's degree in religion at Yale Divinity School in 1964 and a Master of Arts degree in education at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990.

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Walter Lois Capps was elected to Congress in 1996 in a rematch of his 1994 race against Republican Andrea Seastrand.

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Lois Capps's widow won the then-22nd District seat by defeating Republican Tom Bordonaro in a special election on March 10,1998.

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Lois Capps successfully defended her seat against Bordonaro in a general election later that year, and commenced her first full term in office.

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Lois Capps was the first Democrat to hold the district for more than one term in over 50 years.

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Lois Capps' district was renumbered as the 23rd after the 2000 census and made somewhat safer, and she was reelected without serious opposition in 2002,2004,2006,2008 and 2010.

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Lois Capps's district was renumbered as the 24th District after the 2010 census.

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In 2014, Lois Capps ran against Republican Chris Mitchum, an actor, screenwriter, and businessman.

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Lois Capps announced in April 2015 that she would not seek reelection in 2016.

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In 2011, Lois Capps voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.

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Lois Capps supported the Obama administration's economic stimulus and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Lois Capps was strongly critical of the Stupak–Pitts Amendment to the latter, which placed limits on taxpayer-funding of abortions.

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Lois Capps had earlier sponsored the Lois Capps Amendment, which was defeated and replaced by the Stupak Amendment.

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Lois Capps introduced the National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013 which would, if enacted, authorize the NIH to support, fund, and coordinate data from research on rare pediatric diseases.

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Lois Capps worked for 20 years as a nurse and health advocate for the Santa Barbara public schools and taught early childhood education part-time at Santa Barbara City College.

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