On November 26, 2012, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced that she is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Citing the changing political landscape and leadership, Capito offers some much needed diversity of gender and philosophy as well as a proven record of putting West Virginia first and forging bipartisan solutions to our challenges.
Since being elected to the House in 2000, Capito has made it a practice to regularly travel to all 17 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 responsibly prioritize the budget for critical infrastructure projects. 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 war on coal 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. Shelley has also fought to approve the extension of the Keystone Pipeline that would add jobs and increase access to additional natural resources.
She served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates before being elected to Congress as the only woman and at the time only Republican from West Virginia. She has been re-elected to the House six times, including in 2012 where she received 70% of the vote.
Capito 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 adult children Charles and his wife Laura who have a daughter Celia and son Charlie, Moore and wife Katie and Shelley E. Capito.