Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


CAPPS, Lois, (wife of Walter Capps), a Representative from California; born in Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wis., January 10, 1938; graduated from Flathead County High School, Kalispell, Mont., 1955; B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., 1959; M.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1964; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1990; nursing instructor; nurse administrator, Yale Hospital, New Haven, Conn.; director, Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Parent and Child Enrichment Center, Santa Barbara County, Calif.; instructor, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, Calif.; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, United States Representative Walter Capps, and reelected to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 10, 1998-January 3, 2017); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress in 2016.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of California, Santa Barbara Library
Special Research Collections

Santa Barbara, CA
Papers: ca. 1998-2016, approximately 130 boxes. The papers of former Congresswoman Lois Capps have not yet been processed.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

"Lois Capps" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Budget
  • House Committee - Commerce
  • House Committee - Energy and Commerce
  • House Committee - International Relations
  • House Committee - Natural Resources
  • House Committee - Science
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