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Lois Capps
Lois Capps.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 24
Incumbent
In office
1998-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorWalter Capps (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$20.97 in 2012
First electedMarch 10, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,404,626
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPacific Lutheran University
Master'sYale University & University of California, Santa Barbara
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1938
Place of birthLadysmith, WI
ProfessionNurse, Educator
Net worth$98,006
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lois Capps (b. January 10, 1938, in Ladysmith, Wisconsin) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 24th congressional district. Capps was first elected to the House in a special election on March 10, 1998, to fill the vacancy created by the death of her husband, Walter Capps.

Capps most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 24th District. She defeated Abel Maldonado (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 23rd by redistricting.[2]

Capps is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Capps is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Capps was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She earned a B.S. from Pacific Lutheran University in 1959, an M.A. from Yale University in 1964 and another M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1990.[4]

Before her political career, Capps worked as a nurse, an educator and as the Director of the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Parent and Child Enrichment Center of Santa Barbara County, California.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Capps serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Capps served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Capps's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[10][11] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Capps was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[10][11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Capps voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Capps voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[13]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Capps voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Capps voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Capps voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Capps voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Capps voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Capps voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Campaign themes

2012

Capps's campaign website listed the following issues:[21]

  • Creating Jobs and Getting Our Economy Moving Again
Excerpt: "Encouraging job creation and getting our economy fully restarted are my top priorities. And though the economy has been slowly rebuilding since the end of the Bush Administration when we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month, we still have work to do."
  • Ensuring Quality, Affordable Healthcare For All
Excerpt: "As a nurse, ensuring all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care has always been one of my top priorities. And as the Vice-Chair of a key Health Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, I worked hard to ensure health insurance reform legislation meets the many needs of Central Coast residents."
  • Moving To A Clean Energy Future
Excerpt: "Our nation’s overreliance on fossil fuels imperils our environment and hurts American families. By shipping billions of dollars overseas every year to purchase oil and gas from unstable, often hostile regions of the world, we threaten our economy, national security, and planet’s health."
  • Promoting Equality and Opportunity for Women
Excerpt: "While women make up more than half of this country, we still account for less than 20% of Members of Congress. That is one reason why I have worked so hard to promote policies that empower women and ensure that all opportunities for success are open to them."
  • Promoting Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "The large federal deficit is a threat to our long term economic prosperity. We must enact a balanced plan to address this challenge as we did during the 1990s, the last time our budget was balanced. Of course, the most important deficit reduction step is to get our economy back to full speed and I’ve outlined my plan to do that."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 24th congressional district elections, 2014

Capps is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[3]

2012

See also: California's 24th congressional district elections, 2012

Capps won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 24th District.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 23rd by redistricting. She and Abel Maldonado (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Chris Mitchum (R) and Matt Boutte (Ind). Capps went on to defeat Maldonado in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22][23]

According to the Washington Post, Capps' seat is a new battleground as Democrats and Republicans seek to gain control of the House. With Capps' territory overhauled in redistricting, she is now running in a district that is nearly evenly split Democratic and Republican. She formerly had a Democratic advantage in the double-digits.[24]

U.S. House, California District 24 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Capps Incumbent 55.1% 156,749
     Republican Abel Maldonado 44.9% 127,746
Total Votes 284,495
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 24 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLois Capps (D) Incumbent 46.4% 72,356
Green check mark transparent.pngAbel Maldonado (R) 29.7% 46,295
Chris Mitchum (R) 21.5% 33,604
Matt Boutte (NPP) 2.5% 3,832
Total Votes 156,087

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Capps is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Capps raised a total of $10,404,626 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[32]

Lois Capps's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 24) Won $3,320,070
2010 US House (California, District 23) Won $955,565
2008 US House (California, District 23) Won $1,054,974
2006 US House (California, District 23) Won $874,676
2004 US House (California, District 23) Won $1,109,883
2002 US House (California, District 23) Won $1,449,620
2000 US House (California, District 22) Won $1,639,838
Grand Total Raised $10,404,626

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Capps's reports.[33]

Lois Capps (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$354,430.55$213,687.03$(88,098.01)$480,019.57
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$480,019.57$242,412.94$(99,512.81)$622,919.70
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$622,919.70$284,056.33$(90,220.97)$816,755.06
Running totals
$740,156.3$(277,831.79)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Capps's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Capps won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Capps's campaign committee raised a total of $3,320,070 and spent $3,286,649.[37] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Capps spent $20.97 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Capps's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Capps won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Capps's campaign committee raised a total of $955,565 and spent $991,079.[39]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Personal

Capps is a widow and has three children.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Capps is a "far-left Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[40]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[41]

Capps most often votes with:

Capps least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Capps missed 249 of 10,365 roll call votes from March 1998 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Capps paid her congressional staff a total of $1,138,251 in 2011. She ranked 160th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 40th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Capps's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$3,976,987 and $4,172,999. That averages to $98,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 13.27% from 2010.[44]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Capps' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-3,974,987 and $4,200,999. That averages to $113,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[45]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Capps ranked 73rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[46]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Capps ranked 85th in the liberal rankings.[47]

Voting with party

2013

Capps voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 46th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Lois Capps running for reelection", CalCoastNews.com, July 29, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CAPPS, Lois, (1938 - )"
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "CAPPS, Lois, (1938 - )"
  6. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. Congresswoman Lois Capps, Representing California's 23rd District "Committee and Caucus Memberships"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. Campaign website, Issues
  22. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  23. Unofficial election results
  24. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lois Capps," Accessed March 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Lois Capps Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Lois Capps April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission "Lois Capps July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Lois Capps October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Lois Capps 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Lois Capps 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  40. Gov Track "Lois Capps," Accessed June 7 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Lois Capps," Accessed July 31, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Lois Capps," Accessed April 2, 2013
  43. LegiStorm "Lois Capps"
  44. OpenSecrets.org, "Capps, (D-Cali), 2011"
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Capps, (D-Cali), 2010"
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Walter Capps
U.S. House of Representatives - California
1998-Present
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