SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif) has announced she will run for an eighth term in the United States Congress.

Capps made the announcement during an interview with NewsChannel 3 and Central Coast News on Tuesday.

She was first sworn in as a member of Congress in 1998, succeeding her late husband, former University of California, Santa Barbara professor, Rep. Walter H. Capps.

Capps serves the 24th Congressional District which includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and a portion of Ventura County.