California Democrat will not seek re-election to Congress
Rep. Lynn Woolsey speaks at a press conference in 2008 on Capitol Hill with fellow Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters close by.
June 27th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
3 years ago

California Democrat will not seek re-election to Congress

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California announced Monday that she will not seek re-election next year after serving 20 years in the U.S. House.

"I will turn 75 years old just before the next Election Day, and after two decades of service to this district, it will be time for me to move on," Woolsey told supporters at her home in Petaluma, according to a statement from her office.

"And so, with enormous gratitude but not an ounce of regret, I am announcing that I will not run for re-election in 2012. I will retire at the end of my current term."

First elected in 1992, Woolsey has been an anti-war liberal and chaired the Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections when Democrats held the majority in the previous Congress.


Filed under: 2012 • California • House of Representatives
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. FBMarky

    Awesome woman who's done a lot for California and her district. There aren't many democrats and not one republican in office today who could measure up to this woman. Thanks, Lynn, for all you've done for us. We'll miss you.

    – a northern californian

    June 27, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Liberty Queen

    I'm from the district of Lynn Woolsey and she is just an awesome human being and representative who stood for peace and justice.

    June 27, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. duckbutter

    more of those been there to long politians need to follow,,,democrats and republicans alike.. yea like barney frank..

    June 27, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. dave

    Enjoy your retirement Lynn.

    June 27, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Kathy

    Tried for years to oust the liberal wench, but thankfully she figured out for herself she needs to give it up (20 years too late). She has been HORRIBLE for California.

    June 27, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. independent

    Thank you for your service.

    June 27, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. jimbo, st. louis mo

    Thank You for your service Rep. Woolsey. Now let's work for a strong democrat to replace you. Hard shoes to fill.

    June 27, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. afhcpoobah

    committee this committee that subpart 10 section k paragraph 22 says WAKE UP no wonder nothing gets done in Washington PUT stuff on the table and get it done .She did her part ,she's one that we don't have to sue to do their job

    June 27, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Bob

    "I will turn 75 years old just before the next Election Day, and after two decades of service to this district, it will be time for me to move on," Woolsey told supporters at her home in Petaluma, according to a statement from her office.

    What a tool. Thinking she did us a great service for 2 decades feeding at the public trough.

    Another example of the need for term limits.

    June 27, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Steve-Illinois

    Goodbye, and good rddance!

    June 27, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Joe

    Just look at who is behind her in the picture.

    Speaks a thousand words!

    June 27, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. Zohar Freiberg

    Shame on Lynn Woolsey for saying that the young woman who heckled PM Netanyahu made her proud!!! That's no way to treat an allied leader!!!

    June 27, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. Melanie

    Thanks for your service. Republicans please hit the ground running; we can take this seat

    June 27, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. Art

    Great lady! We need more representatives like her!

    June 28, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. BeverlyNC

    Thank you for your service to the PEOPLE. It's a shame we are losng a real leader in a time of Republican hate, lies, racism, and destruction of America for political gain. Good people in Congress are hard to find. We need to rid Congress of Republicans and start over with PEOPLE-FOCUSED Democrats and restore America faster than we have been able to do because of Republican obstruction and sick game playing.

    June 28, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. Sgt Schultz

    Woolsey will be missed. She was always consistent and represented true CA liberal values...instead of the usual Congress sell-outs that only care about serving their Big $ Corporatist masters.

    June 28, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. Devin Gray MD

    I respect those who limit their time in congress. I worry when it is a conscientious public servant, because there's a good chance we won't get someone as dedicated and hard-working. But fresh faces and fresh ideas keep this country moving forward. Thank you for your service, Ms. Woolsey. Please help us find your replcement.

    June 28, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Pam in Oregon

    I used to lived in Lynn Woolsey's district. She is a solid and steadfast individual who overcame many obstructions in her personal life. I admired her integrity as a woman and her abilities as a politician.

    Good luck to you, Congresswoman Woolsey!

    Pam in Oregon

    June 28, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. guesthouse

    Happy retirement, fond farewell

    June 28, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  20. dk

    they need to put a 2 or 3 term limit on these congressmen and women. No wonder nothing ever gets done in the congress, because we have people in there for 20 years who have the same old school ideas.

    June 28, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  21. Giancarlo

    What a LOSS!!!!!!!!!!!! We will miss her.

    June 28, 2011 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  22. Peter Hudson

    Wow, there are two gems in that photo. Get rid of them both, one way or the other. The Revolution is coming and Political Correctness is out the door... Time to take out the garbage...

    June 28, 2011 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  23. dave richman

    Excellent. If anyone has stayed that long in congress they have stayed about 16 years too long. Now if the woman standing in the background, Maxine Waters, would take a hint, another hanger-on would be gone as well.

    June 28, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  24. from california

    Thank god, goodbye!

    June 28, 2011 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  25. mike

    goodbye.... and good riddance.... the more of you career politicians we can get rid of , the better

    June 28, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |