Former rep Woolsey donates congressional papers to SSU library
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Anyone wishing to look back on the public life of retired California Sixth Congressional District representative Lynn C. Woolsey now can do so by visiting the Sonoma State University Library in the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center.

Woolsey, of Petaluma, has donated 97 boxes of legislative papers, including introduced bills, speeches, awards, manuscripts and visual media documenting her many years of service to Sonoma and Marin counties.

“Sonoma State University is delighted to receive the papers of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey,” SSU President Ruben Armiñana said. 

“They will be a significant source of research material for students and faculty seeking to understand how Congress operates and how one distinguished representative performed a difficult and important job.”

The Special Collections Department of the University Library, with the assistance of a political science student intern, is conducting a comprehensive inventory in order to create an online index to the archive. Researchers will have access to the materials, by appointment, in the spring of 2014.

During her tenure in the House of Representatives (1993-2013), Congresswoman Woolsey had a strong pro-education voting record and championed causes related to the environment, women, children, diversity, and peace.

A progressive Democrat, Woolsey served on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, where she served as the senior Democrat on the Workforce Protection Subcommittee for six terms; the Committee on Science, Space and Technology; and the Foreign Affairs Committee. She co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus as well as many other caucuses and informal committees. Her active opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may be her greatest legacy. Demanding an end to the wars, she addressed the House over four hundred times on the subject.

Before her election to the House, Woolsey served as a member of the Petaluma City Council. Currently, she resides in Sonoma County and is working on a book about her experiences in Congress over the last 20 years.

For more information, contact the University Library’s Special Collections Department at

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