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Capps (Lois) papers
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Lois Capps (1938- ) was an American democratic politician who served as the U.S. Representative for California's 24th congressional district from 1998 to 2017. Spanning from 1989 to 2016, the collection consists of district office files, memoranda, government publications, bills and proposals for legislation, reports, resolutions, newspaper clippings, photographs, video and audio recordings, Walter Capps materials, and awards from her political career.
Lois Capps (nee Grimsrud) was born January 10, 1938 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Her parents were Solveig Magdalene (née Gullixson) and Rev. Jurgen Milton Grimsrud, a Lutheran minister. Both of her parents' families originated from Norway. Lois received a nursing degree from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington in 1959 and a Masters in religion at Yale in 1964. In 1960, while at Yale, Lois meet and married Walters Capps, a PhD divinity student studying at Yale. In 1964, after Lois graduated from Yale, she and Walter moved to Santa Barbara, where Walter became a prominent religious studies professor at UC Santa Barbara. Lois worked as a nurse and a health advocate for Santa Barbara public schools and taught early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College. In addition, Capps served as the director of Santa Barbara County's Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Parent and Child Enrichment Center. Lois and Walter had three children. Lois Capps received another Masters from UC Santa Barbara in 1990.
110 Linear Feet (103 boxes, 84 digital media, 812 VHS, 10 betacam, 3 cassettes, 8 oversize folders, framed items, and 1 surfboard)
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The collection is open for research.