Lois Capps

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Lois Capps
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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
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) 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 won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 24th District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 23rd by redistricting.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Capps is a "far-left Democratic leader".[3]

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 worked 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

Campaign themes

2012

Capps's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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."

Specific votes

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 one 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.[9]

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.[10]

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 as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 23rd by redistricting. She and Abel Maldonado (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Chris Mitchum (R) and Matt Boutte (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[11][12]

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.[13]

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"

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.[21]

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

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.[22]

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.[23]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 23, 2010 - Lois Capps Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $955,565
Total Spent $991,079
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $611,864
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $607,299
Top contributors to Lois Capps's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg$10,000
American Nurses Assn$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$153,149
Retired$93,349
Lawyers/Law Firms$38,575
TV/Movies/Music$37,350
Lobbyists$32,650

Personal

Capps is a widow and has three children.

Analysis

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.[24]

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 she 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.[25]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lois Capps has voted with the Democratic Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 2 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[30]

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. Gov Track "Capps" Accessed May 23, 2012
  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. Campaign website, Issues
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  11. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  12. Unofficial election results
  13. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Lois Capps," Accessed March 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Lois Capps 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Lois Capps 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 6, 2011
  24. GovTrack, "Lois Capps," Accessed April 2, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Lois Capps"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Capps, (D-Cali), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Capps, (D-Cali), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Capps
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 24
1998-Present
Succeeded by
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