Shelley Wellons Moore Capito /ˈkæpᵻtoʊ/ is the junior United States Senator from West Virginia. She was a member of the United States House of Representatives for West Virginias 2nd congressional district from 2001 until her election to the United States Senate in 2014 and she is the current dean of West Virginias congressional delegation. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia, she is the daughter of the late Governor of West Virginia Arch Moore, Capito was the only Republican in the West Virginia congressional delegation until 2011 and the first Republican woman elected to Congress from West Virginia. She won mostly on large majorities in the counties along the Ohio, Pennsylvania, in Congress, Senator Capito has sponsored over 113 pieces of legislation, making her the most prolific federal legislator of the freshmen Senators elected in 2014. She is a member of the Main Street Partnership, with three fellow Republican senators, focused on centrist goals in Congress, the group is the rough equivalent of the Blue Dog Democrats. Born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, the daughter of Shelley and Arch Alfred Moore and she is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and represented the state of West Virginia as the 1972 Cherry Blossom Princess. Capito was elected to the 31st district of the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1996, the district included a portion of the Charleston area. Capito was named Minority Chairman of the Health and Human Resources Committee and she narrowly defeated millionaire asbestos lawyer Jim Humphreys 48%–46%. She was the first Republican to represent West Virginia in Congress since 1983 and she won re-election to a second term, defeating Humphreys in rematch 60%–40%. She won every county in the district except Braxton and she became the first West Virginia Republican to win reelection to Congress since her father, who represented the 1st district in the states northern region from 1957 to 1969. She won re-election to a term, defeating former newscaster Erik Wells 57%–42%. Capito was mentioned as a challenger to Senator Robert Byrd, a longtime foe of her father, in 2006. She won re-election to a term, defeating the states Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Callaghan. She won all but two counties, Braxton and Clay, Capito won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Anne Barth, a longtime former aide to U. S. She won all but two counties, Braxton and Jefferson, 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. More importantly, this is not about me, but what is right for the people of West Virginia, Capito won re-election to a sixth term, defeating Lynch Graf, 68%–30%. For the first time in her career, she won all 18 counties of the district, after redistricting, Capito was challenged in the Republican primary for the first time in her career. Capito said she planned on fighting to dismantle the federal health care overhaul and she defeated Delegate Jonathan Miller and Michael Davis 83%–11%–6%
Image: Shelley Moore Capito official Senate photo
Capito surveys safe drinking water with a FEMA contingency and U.S. Air Force Col. Jerome Gouhin.