Lois Capps announces retirement
April 8, 2015
Democratic Rep. Lois Capps, who has represented the Central Coast in Congress since 1998, released a video statement Wednesday announcing that this will be her final term in the House of Representatives and that she will retire at the conclusion of the 114th Congress.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done together her on the Central Coast – to improve, education, to expand healthcare, to support businesses and our veterans and to protect the environment and agriculture,” Capps said in a statement. “But now I believe it is time for me to return home back to the community and family that I love so much.”
Lois Capps husband Walter Capps was elected to Congress in 1996, however, he died of a heart attack less than a year into his term. Lois Capps then won the seat in a special election in 1998.
Though she has continued to retain the district seat, in 2014, she had the closest race of her congressional career against Republican Chris Mitchum. Lois Capps ultimately won by a 3.8 percent margin.
Capps’ daughter and son-in-law recently gave up their bicoastal life to settle fulltime in Santa Barbara fueling speculation the Laura Capps plans to run for her mother’s 24th District seat in 2016.
Rumors have been circulating for more than a year that Laura Capps, 42, was planning to relocate to Santa Barbara in order to run for her 77-year-old mother’s seat in the 2016 election.
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