At a Glance
- Career History: Nursing instructor and head nurse, Yale New Haven Hospital (1960-1964); Public Health Nurse, Santa Barbara High School (1977-1996 & 1968-1970); Part-time Instructor in Early Childhood Education, Santa Barbara City College (1983-1995)
- Birthday: Jan. 10, 1938
- Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Alma Mater: Pacific Lutheran University, B.S. Nursing, 1959; Yale University, M.A. Religion, 1964; University of California, Santa Barbara, M.S. Education, 1990;
- Spouse: Deceased
- Religion: Lutheran
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- DC Office: 1110 Longworth H.O.B., Washington, D.C. 20515, 202-225-3601
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Path to Power
Capps enjoyed an idyllic though itinerant childhood. Her father, a Lutheran minister, frequently moved the family to
different congregations across the West; each new church brought with it a new surrogate extended family.
As a veteran nurse, Capps enjoys direct access to the president on health-care reform.
"I've waited my lifetime as a nurse for us to come to this moment in Congress," said Capps, who still maintains her credentials as a registered nurse. Nurses, she said, "will be central to any effort to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable, quality healthcare."
Capps' network includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), former Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).
Capps also works across the aisle with lawmakers like Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio). She has also worked with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.