Shelley Moore Capito
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|Shelley Moore Capito|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd district
January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Bob Wise|
|Born||Shelley Wellons Moore
November 26, 1953
Glen Dale, West Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Duke University
University of Virginia
Shelley Moore Capito (born Shelley Wellons Moore; November 26, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001. She is a member of the Republican Party. She was the only Republican in the West Virginia congressional delegation until the 2010 elections and is the first Republican woman elected to Congress from West Virginia.
Early life, education and career 
Capito was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, the daughter of Shelley (née Riley) and Arch Alfred Moore, Jr., who served three terms as that state's Governor. A resident of Charleston, Capito was educated at Duke University and at the University of Virginia. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
West Virginia House of Delegates 
Capito served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Caucus memberships 
Capito is a former chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues as well as a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. After an explosion responsible for the death of 29 coal workers, Capito founded the Congressional Coal Caucus. She said that with the focus on the future of coal and the safety of mine workers, there was little left unquestioned.
Political positions 
Since being in Congress, Capito has voted with her party 93% of the time. She had a lifetime rating of 70 from the American Conservative Union. She is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which supports stem-cell research, Republicans for Choice, and the Wish List (Women In the Senate and House), a group of pro-choice Republican Party women. She is the only pro-choice member of West Virginia's House delegation.
Capito is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, she cosponsored H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, and supported H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.
Capito opposes legislation aimed at capping greenhouse gas emissions. In January 2010 she reportedly asked the president if he would reconsider "job-killing" policies like limiting greenhouse gases.
Political campaigns 
When 2nd district Congressman Bob Wise ran for governor in 2000, Capito won the Republican nomination. She narrowly defeated millionaire asbestos lawyer Jim Humphreys. She was the first Republican to represent West Virginia in Congress since 1983, as well as the first woman elected to Congress from West Virginia in her own right. She was re-elected in 2002 against Humphreys, in 2004 against former newscaster Erik Wells, in 2006 against candidate Mike Callaghan, and in 2008 against former Robert Byrd state director Anne Barth, all by large margins, becoming the first West Virginia Republican to win reelection to Congress since her father, who represented the 1st district in the state's northern region from 1957 to 1969.
Capito won against Democratic nominee Anne Barth, a longtime former aide to U.S. Senator Robert Byrd.
During the 2010 election cycle, she was mentioned as a Republican candidate to challenge Joe Manchin for the vacated United State Senate seat of the late Robert C. Byrd. Capito ultimately decided against a senate bid, pointing out that, even though the West Virginia Legislature passed a law allowing her to run for both her House seat and the U.S. Senate, "running for two offices simultaneously is not who I am as a person. More importantly, this is not about me, but what is right for the people of West Virginia."
Capito won a rare Republican primary challenge to be selected as the Republican representative for her district. She is up for her seventh term. Capito says she plans on fighting to "dismantle the federal health care overhaul and challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
She faced Democrat Howard Swint in the general election. Swint, who billed himself as "a common man running a common campaign to represent the common people," committed to only taking donations from individuals.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Shelley Moore Capito|
- U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito official U.S. House site
- Shelley Moore Capito for US. Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at SourceWatch
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Capito, October 30, 2005
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district
|Chairperson of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority