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REP. WALTER CAPPS DIES DURING HIS FIRST TERM

Freshman Rep. Walter Capps, a California Democrat who came to Washington as a rare liberal in a traditionally Republican district, died Tuesday afternoon after being stricken, apparently by a heart attack, at Dulles International Airport.

Capps, 63, of Santa Barbara, was en route to the House when he was stricken.

In November, he narrowly won a seat held by Republicans since World War II.

He was a professor of religious studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years and was a nationally recognized leader on democracy and peace and conflict studies.

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