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Rep. Lois Capps

Former Representative for California’s 24th District

Capps was the representative for California’s 24th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2013 to 2016.

She was previously the representative for California’s 23rd congressional district as a Democrat from 2003 to 2012; and the representative for California’s 22nd congressional district as a Democrat from 1998 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA24, 2013-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Capps.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Capps is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Capps sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Capps was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Capps sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (43%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Environmental Protection (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Agriculture and Food (6%) Energy (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Capps recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Capps voted No

Passed 360/61 on Dec 8, 2016.

The WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act was a 277-page bill dealing with federal water policies, particularly for drought-stricken areas. It’s so complex …

Capps voted Aye

Passed 258/156 on May 24, 2016.

Capps voted Yea

Failed 262/159 on May 17, 2016.

Capps voted Yea

Failed 263/146 on Nov 16, 2015.

Capps voted Not Voting

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Capps voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Capps voted Aye

Capps voted Aye

Capps voted Aye

Passed 285/144 on Jan 23, 2013.

Capps voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Mar 1998 to Dec 2016, Capps missed 320 of 12,805 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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