Woolsey to say next week if she’ll run or retire

Rep. Lynn Woolsey‘s office indicated today that she’ll hold a news conference next Monday afternoon June 27 at her Petaluma home – almost certainly to announce her decision on whether to seek another House term or to retire.

The 10-term Democrat said she’ll be joined at the event by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, with whom she co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Woolsey, 73, now represents all of Marin County and most of Sonoma County, but redistricting could change all that. Woolsey fired off an angry statement 10 days ago when the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s first draft Congressional map showed her district being narrowed and elongated along the state’s North Coast to stretch all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

Among Democrats who might vie to replace her if she bows out are Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael; state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa; Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams of San Rafael; and progressive activist Normon Solomon of Inverness.

Of those four, only Evans’ home would fall outside the newly drawn district according to this draft – not that living within the district is a constitutional requirement.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Wow, this is BIG NEWS! She may have served 20 years but her departure ain’t exactly historic. Like her pal, Dr Lee, LW’s greatest accomplishment was getting re-elected over and over again.

  • Pretty sure Jared Huffmann will wind up with the nod.