Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV-Senator)i

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Shelley Moore Capito, Senator, West Virginia Class II

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Shelley Wellons Moore Capito

Shelley Moore Capito, 2020 Senatorial Candidate West Virginia Class II

Biography of Shelley Moore Capito from

[2016 Bio] Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning more than 62 percent of the vote and all 55 counties.


After serving West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, and as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years prior, Shelley decided to run for Senate with the goal of being an even stronger voice for the Mountain State. She also saw an opportunity to restore order to a Senate stuck in gridlock for far too long.


Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and cooperation across the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia and the country as a whole.


Shelley serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee. This committee portfolio puts Shelley in a strong position to build on the work she began in the House, and to fight for West Virginia coal, jobs and families.


On the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shelley brings West Virginia’s voice to the table when our nation’s spending priorities are determined. She serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee.


On the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Shelley advocates for policies that protect vital West Virginia energy and manufacturing jobs and encourage investment in West Virginia’s highway infrastructure. She serves as Chairman of the EPW Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee.


Shelley is committed to being accessible and responsive to the people of the Mountain State. She regularly travels the state to hear from and meet with West Virginians.


A lifelong West Virginian, Shelley was born in Glen Dale in the Northern Panhandle. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Shelley and her husband Charles L. Capito Jr. reside in Charleston. They have three adult children: two sons, Charles (wife Laura) and Moore (wife Katie), and one daughter, Shelley (husband Colin Macleod). They have also been blessed with four grandchildren: Celia, Charlie, Eliza and Rose.

Biography of Shelley Moore Capito from

[2012 Bio]  Rep. Shelley Moore Capito proudly serves the people of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the 112th Congress, where she represents a diverse constituency stretching from the Ohio River Valley through the state’s eastern panhandle. Capito is a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and a committed public servant who prides herself on being approachable and accessible to her constituents. She is currently the \only woman in West Virginia’s congressional delegation. Capito serves on the House Financial Services Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. She also sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – the panel which will direct important highway legislation during the 112th Congress.


With her record of bipartisan cooperation, she strongly believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions. With that spirit in mind, she has been an advocate for a range of policies that directly impact her constituents, including energy independence, quality healthcare and the safety and security of our service men and women.


In her push for energy independence she has argued that West Virginia’s coal reserves must play a part in an all-of-the-above solution to our nation’s energy needs. She’s introduced legislation to jump-start investment in clean coal technology and joined with a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats to introduce a comprehensive energy plan to expand domestic energy exploration and invest billions in alternative energy resources, clean coal technology, and environmental restoration.


Capito has also been a strong voice for healthcare accessibility and affordability, particularly in rural areas. Throughout her career she has been a strong supporter of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and played an integral role in creating the Medicare prescription drug program which benefits thousands of West Virginians. She has previously served as the Vice Co-Chairwoman of the House Prescription Drug Taskforce and of the Long-Term Care Caucus where she continues her work to support healthcare issues important to West Virginia seniors.


With such a large population of veterans in West Virginia, Capito is committed to improving the support structure for our service men and women. She strongly supported the new GI Bill that will provide enhanced educational benefits to our nation’s younger veterans, and she has been a consistent voice in the push for improved healthcare accessibility for veterans in rural states.


When not in Washington, Rep. Capito regularly travels her 18-county district to meet with her constituents and local leaders.


Capito lives in Charleston with her husband Charles L. Capito. They have three children: sons Charles (and his wife Laura) and Moore, and one daughter, Shelley. The family recently grew with the birth of Capito’s first grandchild, Celia Vivienne Capito, who was born to Charles and Laura on April 15, 2010.


Capito graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Zoology and she holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Biography of Shelley Moore Capito from Capito for Congress

[2012 Bio]  Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is seeking a seventh term in Congress where she is focused on placing West Virginia’s needs first, protecting our financial security and promoting energy independence.


Capito regularly travels to all 18 counties to better serve each region and assist constituents with their issues. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she’s working to fund critical infrastructure projects with the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill this year.


She supports responsible fiscal policy that ends our reliance on deficit spending and protects taxpayers which is why she opposed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. As the Chair of the House Financial Services Sub-Committee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Capito is working to eliminate the disconnect between Washington regulators and local financial institutions by ensuring transparency and accountability.


Capito has consistently fought the EPA’s assault on the coal industry and is a co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus. She supports a comprehensive energy plan that includes the use of West Virginia’s energy resources to end our reliance on foreign oil and the use of coal-to-liquid-fuel to help fight high gas prices.


She served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates before being elected to Congress where she is the only female member of the delegation. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed from the University of Virginia.


Shelley and her husband Charles L. Capito reside in Charleston. They have three children Charles and wife Laura, Moore and Shelley, and one granddaughter Celia.


Past Campaign/Office Links

2014 House links: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV-2)i

2014 Campaign links: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV-Senate)