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Lynn Woolsey

Lynn Woolsey

American politician
Lynn Woolsey
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Intro American politician
Is Politician Teacher
From United States of America
Type Academia Politics
Gender female
Birth 3 November 1937, Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Age 83 years
Star sign Scorpio
Politics Democratic Party
University of San Francisco Bachelor of Science (-1980)
Lincoln High School
University of Washington 1955-1957
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Lynn C. Woolsey (born November 3, 1937) is a former U.S. Representative for California's 6th congressional district, serving from 1993 to 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district she represented included all of Marin County and most of Sonoma County. She was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and was its co-chair from 2010 until her retirement in 2013. Woolsey, who described herself as "the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress," was one of two members of the House to have been on welfare; the other is Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI).

On June 28, 2011, Woolsey announced that she would not run for re-election in the 2012 election. She was succeeded in her North Bay district by Jared Huffman.

Early life, education and career

Woolsey was born in Seattle, Washington. Woolsey graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955. She was educated at the University of Washington, where she became a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and at the University of San Francisco. She later became a human resources manager and personnel service owner, a teacher at the College of Marin and the Dominican University of California, and a member of the Petaluma, California, City Council before entering the House.

U.S. House of Representatives

Political campaigns

In 1992, five-term Congresswoman Barbara Boxer gave up her seat to make a successful run for the Senate. Woolsey entered a nine-way Democratic primary. Seven of her opponents lived in Marin County and split that county's vote, allowing Woolsey to win the nomination with only 26 percent of the vote. In the general election, she faced Republican Assemblyman Bill Filante, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and did not actively campaign. Woolsey won with 65 percent of the vote.

Woolsey was reelected eight times with no substantial opposition.


Woolsey was ranked as the most liberal member of Congress in 2012 by That's My Congress.


Woolsey was an outspoken opponent of the War in Iraq. On October 10, 2002, she was among 133 members of the House who voted against authorizing the invasion of Iraq. She has taken an active role in calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from that country. She led 15 members of Congress in writing a letter to President George W. Bush dated January 12, 2005, calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. She also was the first Member of Congress to call for a troop withdrawal, when she introduced H.Con. Res. 35 on January 26, 2005. Woolsey gave war protestor Cindy Sheehan a guest pass to attend Bush's 2006 State of the Union speech. Sheehan's attendance at the speech became noted when she was arrested for wearing a T-shirt with a political message.

Indian gaming

Woolsey introduced the Graton Rancheria Restoration Act on August 6, 1998. It was signed by President Clinton as Title XIV of the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act in December 2000.

Woolsey testified in support of H.R. 946, citing her approval for the clause restricting gaming on land that is "taken into trust for the tribes."

Woolsey's original bill (H.R. 4434, later H.R. 946) would not have permitted the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to have an Indian casino. Senator Barbara Boxer removed that prohibition when she included Woolsey's bill in the Omnibus Act.

Now the tribe and Station Casinos of Las Vegas, Nevada, propose to build large hotels and casino complex in Sonoma County, California, near Rohnert Park.

In response, Woolsey introduced H.R. 2656 (which never left the House Resources Committee) and appeared frequently at local town-hall meetings, saying that the Miwok Indians double-crossed her by seeking to legalize gambling on their reservation.

Scouting for All Act

In September 2000, Woolsey sponsored H.R. 4892, the Scouting for All Act, to revoke the charter held by the Boy Scouts of America.

Recognition of Ramadan

On December 11, 2007, Woolsey, along with 8 other Democrats, voted ‘nay’ on a resolution to recognize the importance of "Christmas and the Christian faith" but did vote to "recognize the commencement of Ramadan",’ a Muslim religious observance in October.

Vote recount

Woolsey was one of the 31 House members who voted not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.

Health care

Woolsey introduced a bill to revive the public option on July 22, 2010. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the legislation would save $68 billion between 2014 and 2020.

She was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which prevents private health insurance plans from covering abortion if the plan is subsidized by tax breaks in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (Ranking Member)
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Environment


  • Congressional Progressive Caucus (Co-Chair)


Darfur protest arrest

Woolsey was arrested April 27, 2009, outside the embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C., during a protest against genocide in Darfur. Woolsey and four other U.S. lawmakers were protesting the blocking of aid to victims. They were arrested on a charge of trespassing after they crossed a police line.

Other Democratic House members arrested were Jim McGovern, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison and John Lewis.

Stewart Pearson letter

On December 2, 2003, Woolsey wrote a letter on behalf of Stewart Pearson, the son of one of her senior aides, who had pleaded guilty to rape. In a letter written on her official congressional stationery, she asked the judge to consider mitigating circumstances and show leniency. The judge in the case was not swayed by the letter, and sentenced Pearson to eight years in prison, the maximum allowed under the plea bargain. Woolsey has apologized for writing the letter, saying she did not know all the facts; the victim did not accept her apology.

Personal life

Woolsey has been married to Terry J. Critchett since 1958. Together, they have three sons.

Electoral history

Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey 190,322 65.2
Republican Bill Filante 98,171 33.6
No party Write-in 3,293 1.1
Total votes 291,786 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 137,642 58.1
Republican Michael J. Nugent 88,940 37.5
Libertarian Louis Beary 6,203 2.6
Peace and Freedom Ernest K. Jones, Jr. 4,055 1.7
Total votes 236,840 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 156,958 61.6
Republican Duane C. Hughes 86,278 33.8
Peace and Freedom Ernest K. Jones, Jr. 6,459 2.5
Natural Law Bruce Kendall 5,240 2.1
Total votes 254,935 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 158,446 68.0
Republican Ken McAuliffe 69,295 29.7
Natural Law Alan R. Barreca 5,240 2.2
Total votes 232,981 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 182,166 64.3
Republican Ken McAuliffe 80,169 28.3
Green Justin Moscoso 13,248 4.7
Libertarian Richard O. Barton 4,691 1.9
Natural Law Alan R. Barreca 2,894 1.1
Total votes 283,118 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 139,750 66.7
Republican Paul L. Erickson 62,052 29.7
Libertarian Richard O. Barton 4,936 2.3
Reform Jeff Rainforth 2,825 1.3
Total votes 209,563 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 226,423 72.7
Republican Paul L. Erickson 85,244 27.3
Total votes 311,667 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 173,190 70.3
Republican Todd Hooper 64,405 26.1
Libertarian Richard W. Friesen 9,028 3.6
Total votes 246,623 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 229,672 71.7
Republican Mike Halliwell 77,073 24.1
Libertarian Joel R. Smolen 13,617 4.2
Total votes 320,362 100.0
Democratic hold
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lynn Woolsey (incumbent) 172,216 66.0
Republican Jim Judd 77,361 29.7
Peace and Freedom Eugene F. Ruyle 5,915 2.2
Libertarian Joel R. Smolen 5,660 2.1
Total votes 261,152 100.0
Democratic hold
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