Summit Speaker: Lois Capps
US House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Lois Capps was sworn in as a Freshman Member of the 105th Congress on March 17, 1998, after her decisive victory in the special election to succeed her late husband. She was reelected to her first full term in office on November 3, 1998. She was the Representative of California’s 22nd District from 1998 to 2002. Since January, 2003, Capps has served as the Representative of the 23rd District. Her district includes portions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
Representative Capps is committed to helping people improve their daily lives through better schools, quality health care, and a cleaner environment. Capps is a respected leader in Congress on issues of public health, passing legislation to address the national nursing shortage, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, improve mental health services, and provide immediate Medicare coverage to patients suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Capps has also been at the forefront of efforts to protect the environment. She has led efforts to stop new oil and gas drilling off of our coasts, reduce the amount of new oil drilling in Los Padres National Park, and protect consumers from shouldering the financial burden of cleaning up MTBE contamination in their water supplies.
Capps serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittees on Health and Energy and Power.