Lois Capps

The Sisterhood of the Capitol Hill Staffers
Women’s Congressional Staff Association wants more women in higher positions

Eliza Ramirez, from the office of Massachusetts Rep. Michael E. Capuano, is president of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Retiring Members Make Room for Their Replacements
Rayburn basement just got more crowded

Painters repaint the office of outgoing North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers in the Longworth building last week in preparation for a new tenant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Departing House members are having their last hurrah together in the Rayburn House Office Building basement until their final day in Congress.

They were moved to the Members Service Center, where each member has a cubicles with a computer, two chairs and a phone to share with their decreased staffs.

Democrat Salud Carbajal Elected in California's 24th District
Carbajal replaces Democratic Rep. Lois Capps

Democrat Salud Carbajal is elected in California’s 24th District, replacing Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

Democrat Salud Carbajal will defeat Republican Justin Fareed in California’s 24th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Carbajal led Fareed 55 percent to 45 percent with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

With Big Lead in California Senate Race, Harris Focuses Down Ballot
Opponent Sanchez says she's not paying attention to Harris

California Senate candidate Kamala Harris is campaigning for other Democrats in some key races for Congress and the state Assembly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

With a comfortable lead in her Senate campaign, California Attorney General General Kamala Harris is turning her attention to helping some down-ballot Democrats in their races.

Most polls show Harris beating 10-term Rep. Loretta Sanchez, by double digits. The two Democrats finished 1-2 in the state’s open primary to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Could the GOP Deficit in California Grow This Year?
Turnout could be a problem for Golden State Republicans

With Democrats trying to tie California Rep. Jeff Denham to the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the GOP is now spending in the Golden State's 10th District, too. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a California problem.

The party has been slowly losing representation in the state’s congressional delegation over the past two decades. And with GOP enthusiasm for Donald Trump lacking, there’s concern about low turnout hurting the state’s Republican incumbents.

One Murphy's Gun Safety Group Backs Another Murphy
Rep. Patrick Murphy among Democrats winning support of Sen. Chris Murphy

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy says that 2016 has marked a "sea change in the fight to reduce gun violence," as he announces three new congressional endorsements from his gun safety initiative. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy will roll out a new set of political endorsements on Thursday that are built around his effort to promote gun safety.

The Connecticut Democrat has made measures such as expanded background checks for gun buyers a personal cause since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he has increasingly taken his campaign from the Senate floor to the ballot box.

Rating Change: California House Seat Not So Safe for Democrats
Millennial Republican making his move in retiring Rep. Lois Capps’ open seat

Justin Fareed represents a rare opportunity for Republicans to win a Democratic House seat in California. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Any time there is a discussion about Republicans taking over a House seat in California, I’m skeptical. That’s a reasonable reaction considering Republicans haven’t taken over a Democratic seat in the Golden State since Bill Clinton was president. But that streak could end this year.

Even though Donald Trump is complicating GOP efforts in House and Senate races across the country, Republicans have two takeover opportunities in California.

Exit Interview: Rep. Lois Capps
California Democrat says partisanship largely took off with the tea party

Rep. Lois Capps is looking forward to long walks on the California beach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

California Democrat Lois Capps, 78, was first elected in 1998. She announced in April 2015 that she would retire at the end of this term, her ninth full one in Congress.

Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members
6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Sanders' State Not So Golden
Clinton wins big in California, Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez on track to face off for Senate

Bernie Sanders got trounced in California where just days ago he had hopes of pulling off another big primary win. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton thumped Bernie Sanders in the California primary Tuesday, a triumphant victory for the now-presumptive Democratic nominee for president in a state that the Vermont senator had hoped to win as recently as days ago.  

Clinton’s win undercuts an argument from Sanders or his supporters that the liberal firebrand finished the Democratic primary with momentum, which the senator had hoped would persuade Democratic superdelegates to switch their allegiance from Clinton.