Murkowski, right, and her father are among those who claim a family legacy in Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated 11 a.m. | When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter.
A nonprofit consultant and community activist who has never run for office, Laura Burton Capps has long been seen as a possible successor to her mother. (Her father Walter Capps first held the seat, but died after just nine months in office. Lois Capps won a special election to succeed him.)
The congresswoman’s daughter recently confirmed she is seriously considering a bid for the now-open Santa Barbara-based 24th District. If she opts to run, she would join the many politicians who have sought to follow in their parents’ footsteps and ascend to Congress — and she might be one of a handful who could attempt the feat this cycle.