Keeping Faith in Congress: Why Persistence, Compassion, and Teamwork Will Save Our Democracy

Keeping Faith in Congress: Why Persistence, Compassion, and Teamwork Will Save Our Democracy

by Lois Capps, Nancy Pelosi


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506433745
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 500,608
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lois Capps represented the central coast of California in the US House of Representatives from 1998 to 2017. Before serving in Congress, she had successful careers in both nursing and education. In Congress, she was a leader on issues of public health, domestic violence against women, the environment, and mental health services. She helped get the Affordable Care Act passed, and she voted against the war in Iraq. She made a point of working collaboratively across the aisle, and she was voted the Nicest Person in Congress four times. Capps retired from Congress to Santa Barbara, where she is active in the community, her church, and with her grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

1 Around the Table 1

2 From the Giants of the Earth 21

3 A Sense of Self 37

4 A Team for the Greater Good 49

5 The Role of Loss 65

6 We're All in This Together 79

7 Faith in Politics 93

8 Our Global Outreach 105

9 Day In, Day Out 119

10 The Fullness of Time 141

Acknowledgments 151

What People are Saying About This

Former WH correspondent for the Washington Post and author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime - Lou Cannon

"Lois Capps and I served the people of California in Congress for many years, and I always admired her tenacity and her civility. It's no wonder she was voted the Nicest Member of the House! Her career proves that you can treat people with respect--even your political opponents--and still get things done. Her career--and this book--should be a roadmap for all who want to serve in elective office." --Senator Barbara Boxer

"Lois Capps has written an eloquent and moving account of the lessons learned during her decades of distinguished public service both on and off Capitol Hill. Weaving together stories and Scripture, Keeping Faith in Congress is a testament to the importance of balancing conviction with an open heart and an open mind. And it is a reminder of how sorely needed Capps's model of 'servant leader' is in our current political moment." --E. J. Dionne Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right

"For those of us who believe in progressive politics and progressive values, Lois Capps's book is the answer to our prayers. A must read for everyone who, like Lois, has what FDR called 'a strong and active faith.'" --Paul Begala, political strategist and former advisor to President Bill Clinton

"This is an inspirational book, especially recommended for those of us who are fed up with the name-calling, hyper-partisanship, and cynicism that currently pervade American politics. Lois Capps has faith in the great American democratic experiment and is optimistic that our present acrimony will in time succumb to what Abraham Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

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