Mary Bono

Why don't more women run for office?

Why don't more women run for office?

No congressional seat is owned lock and stock by a family, particularly given public antipathy to those who hold office. But it was tempting to think that might be the case for the Capps family of Santa Barbara.

Walter Capps, a UC Santa Barbara religion professor, won the local House seat in 1996. When he died unexpectedly less than a year later, his widow, Lois, won a special election for the seat. She held on through some tough races until last month, when she announced she would retire in 2016.

Their daughter Laura Burton Capps was next in the Democratic line, family-wise. She and her husband, Bill Burton, and their 4-year-old son Oscar moved back from Washington two...

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