Lynn Woolsey is a politician who has championed causes related to the environment, women, children, diversity, education, worker's rights, civil rights, and world peace. These causes have been her passion both during her tenure in the House of Representatives (1993-2013) and beyond.
Lynn C. Woolsey was born in Seattle, Washington in 1937. She attended the University of Washington (1955-1957) but left school to marry Terry J. Critchett. The couple settled in Northern California in 1958 and had three children before the marriage ended in 1967.
Woolsey found work as a secretary at Harris Digital Telephone Systems, a local tech company, but also received welfare assistance to support herself and her children. She worked her way up the company ladder to become a human resources manager and in 1980 she founded Woolsey Personnel Services. Woolsey later went back to school and received a Bachelor of Science in human resources and organizational behavior.
Woolsey first entered politics in 1984 by winning a seat on the city council of Petaluma, in Sonoma County. She would serve on Petaluma’s city council until 1992, holding the post of vice mayor for her last year. In 1992, she was elected to the House of Representatives, filling five-term incumbent Representative Barbara Boxer’s seat. Lynn Woolsey represented California’s sixth district, which encompasses all of Marin County and most of Sonoma County. She ended her twenty years of congressional service at the close of the 112th Congress, in 2013.