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Sen. Shelley Capito

Senator for West Virginia

pronounced SHE-lee // KAP-i-toh

Capito, a Republican, is the junior senator from West Virginia and 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 (2001-2014).

Photo of Sen. Shelley Capito [R-WV]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% Americans for Prosperity: 70% FreedomWorks: 68% Human Rights Campaign: 64% The Club for Growth: 56% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 44% League of Conservation Voters: 18% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% NIAC Action: F

Committee Membership

Shelley Capito sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Capito was the primary sponsor of 2 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 about one third or more 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 (26%) Environmental Protection (26%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Taxation (13%) Energy (6%) Sports and Recreation (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (4%) Education (4%)

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. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
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. 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.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jan 2018, Capito missed 8 of 838 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: