Read our 2018 Report Card for Capito.
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 Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Shelley Capito sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Capito was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- S. 94: Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
- S. 3389 (115th): A bill to redesignate a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- S. 2872 (114th): NAS Healthy Babies Act
- H.R. 534 (112th): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 217 West King Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia, as the “W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United ...
- H.R. 3305 (108th): Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2003
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Capito sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (34%) Environmental Protection (16%) Taxation (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Energy (7%) Sports and Recreation (5%) Emergency Management (5%)
Some of Capito’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2866: Rural Broadband Financial Flexibility Act
- S. 2842: Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2019
- S. 2831: 21st Century Space Grant Modernization Act of 2019
- S. 2674: Assuring Quality Water Infrastructure Act
- S. 2582: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 2555: New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Designation Act
- S.Res. 310: A resolution recognizing the semiquincentennial of the community of Wheeling, West Virginia.
From Jan 2015 to Dec 2019, Capito missed 21 of 1,498 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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