Lynn Woolsey

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Lynn Woolsey
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U.S. House, California, District 6
Former member
In office
1993-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Petaluma City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of San Francisco, 1981
Date of birthNovember 3, 1937
Place of birthSeattle, WA
Lynn Woolsey (b. November 3, 1937) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 6th congressional district from 1993 to 2013

Woolsey did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Woolsey was a "far-left Democratic leader".[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Woolsey's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1980: Graduated from University of San Francisco with B.A.
  • 1984-1992: Petaluma, California, city council
  • 1989, 1992: Vice mayor, Petaluma, California,
  • 1993-2013: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House



Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Woolsey did not cast a vote 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. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]



See also: California's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Woolsey did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. Woolsey's seat was redistricted to the the 2nd Congressional District of California. Jared Huffman (D) defeated Daniel Roberts (R) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Woolsey won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Jim Judd, Eugene Ruyle, Joel Smolen and in the general election.[5]

U.S. House, California District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Woolsey Incumbent 65.9% 172,216
     Republican Jim Judd 29.6% 77,361
     Peace and Freedom Eugene Ruyle 2.3% 5,915
     Libertarian Joel Smolen 2.2% 5,660
Total Votes 261,152

Campaign donors


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

Woolsey won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Woolsey's campaign committee raised a total of $846,466 and spent $898,627.[6]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Woolsey paid her congressional staff a total of $1,209,913 in 2011. She ranked 181st on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 12th 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.[7]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Woolsey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $276,011 and $705,000. That averages to $490,505.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[8]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Woolsey was 1 of 19 members of congress who ranked 1st in the liberal rankings.[9]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Lynn Woolsey voted with the Democratic Party 91.6% of the time, which ranked 123 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[10]


Woolsey is divorced and has four children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Boxer
U.S. House - California District 6
Succeeded by
Doris Matsui