Sen. Shelley Capito

Senator from West Virginia, Republican

Capito, a Republican, is the junior senator from West Virginia and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

She was previously the representative for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district (2001-2014).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Capito.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Capito has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Capito is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Shelley Capito sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Capito was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Capito sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (33%) Environmental Protection (19%) Health (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Taxation (9%) Sports and Recreation (3%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (3%) Education (3%)

Recent Bills

Some of Capito’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Capito’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Aye H.R. 7321 (110th): Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act
Dec 10, 2008. Passed 237/170.
Yea H.R. 6707 (110th): Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act
Sep 27, 2008. Failed 243/175.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Apr 2017, Capito missed 4 of 613 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 31 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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