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Sen. Shelley Capito

Senator for West Virginia

pronounced SHE-lee // KAP-i-toh

Capito is the junior senator from West Virginia and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 6, 2015. Capito is next up for reelection in 2020.

She was previously the representative for West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 2001 to 2014.

Photo of Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Capito.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Capito is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Capito has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to May 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Shelley Capito sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Capito was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Capito sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (39%) Environmental Protection (16%) Taxation (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Energy (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Capito voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Capito voted Aye

Capito voted Nay

Passed 217/210 on Sep 19, 2013.

This evening’s House vote on the food assistance program SNAP is significant not only in the size of the cuts proposed but also by separating ...

Capito voted Nay

Capito voted Aye

Capito voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Capito voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Capito voted Yea

Passed 275/149 on Mar 31, 2009.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act or Serve America Act (H.R. 1388, Public Law 111-13) was introduced in the United States House of Representatives ...

Capito voted Aye

Capito voted Yea

Capito voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to May 2019, Capito missed 11 of 1,217 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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