First Welfare Mother To Serve In Congress

First Welfare Mother To Serve In Congress, Lynn C. Woolsey (born November 3, 1937) is the U.S. Representative for California's 6th congressional district, serving since 1993. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes all of Marin County and most of Sonoma County. She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and as of 2010 its co-chair. Woolsey, who described herself as "the first former welfare mother to serve in Congress," is 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.

Early life, education and career

Woolsey was born in Seattle, Washington, 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

Committee assignments

Committee on Education 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)

She was one of the 31 people who voted in the House not to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 preseidential election.

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