(Washington, D.C.) – “Grid lock, divided government and hyper-partisanship have made governing an almost impossible task in Washington,” said former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), President and CEO of Main Street. “Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has shown, however, that while governing in this environment is difficult, it is not impossible.”
“Congresswoman Capito has an impressive record of legislative accomplishment,” continued Davis. “She has consistently been able to advocate the interests of the people of West Virginia whether Republicans or Democrats controlled the Senate, the House or the White House.”
“Congresswoman Capito has been successful because she has put the best interests of her constituents above the petty partisanship that has poisoned so much of the legislative process in Washington,” said Davis.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capitol (R-WV)
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito represents West Virginia’s Second Congressional District. Capito, a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, currently 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.
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.
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.
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.
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