The district includes Marin and Sonoma counties, and its southern border is the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the first redistricting plan under consideration in California, the district would extend north to the Oregon border, taking all of Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson’s coastal area.
President Barack Obama won the district with 76 percent of the vote in 2008, and it does not seem it would be any more competitive under the proposed map.
Woolsey, who has previously served as the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was first elected in 1992 to succeed Barbara Boxer (D), who was elected to the Senate.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thanked Woolsey for her service in a statement Monday.
“When Congresswoman Woolsey retires, the Bay Area will lose a powerful advocate and the nation will lose a tireless progressive leader,” the California Democrat said. “But her powerful legacy of progressive accomplishments will long stand as testimony to her efforts.”
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.