Shelley Moore Capito

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U.S. Representative

Shelley Moore Capito (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for WV-02

Confirmed: Howard Swint, Shelley Moore Capito
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for WV-02)
On the Web
Official website

Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, has represented the Second Congressional District of West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 56 - 14/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 35 - 7/20 60 - 12/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 90 - 18/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Capito voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Shelley Moore Capito has voted in favor of big oil companies on 82% of important oil-related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.[2] See below for oil money in politics.

ARMPAC money

Capito was the largest recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions. DeLay is being prosecuted on charges of felony money laundering of campaign finances and conspiracy to launder money. As of December 2005, Capito had not offered to return any of the $48,500 she received.[1]


On July 12, 2007, Rep. Capito sponsored an amendment to the housing bill, which House Republicans successfully added in a procedural tactic, that would make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to receive housing assistance. The measure was attached to the bill through a "motion to recommit," which passed 233-186. The procedure "essentially amended the bill by sending it back to committee, changing it, and instantaneously bringing it back to the floor. The underlying bill passed 383-83." The added provision would "require recipients of public housing assistance to provide proof of legal residency, such as a Social Security card or passport."

Main article: U.S. immigration legislation in the 110th Congress

Congressional page board resignation

Capito, along with Rep. Ginny Brown Waite (R-Fla.), resigned from the board governing the House page program on December 6, 2007, alleging the House clerk did not inform her properly about page infractions. Two pages were dismissed after being caught shoplifting, while two others were dismissed for sexual activity. Capito said there had been "numerous occurrences" in 2007 in which board members had not received timely information about incidents involving pages. She noted the "failed leadership of the clerk of the House and the continued lack of oversight" as prompting her resignation. Capito said she had no other alternative to show her serious concerns about the page program’s management problems.[3]

Main article: 2007 House Page Board Resignations


Capito was born November 26, 1953. A resident of Charleston, Capito is the daughter of Arch A. Moore, Jr., who twice served as that state's Governor (1969-1977; 1985-1989). She was educated at Duke University and at the University of Virginia and served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

When 2nd District Congressman Bob Wise decided to make what turned out to be a successful run for governor in 2000, Capito won the Republican nomination and subsequent general election. She was the first Republican to represent West Virginia in Congress since 1983, as well as the first woman elected to Congress from West Virginia in her own right. She was reelected in 2002 against Humphreys and in 2004 against former newscaster Erik Wells by surprisingly large margins, becoming the first West Virginia Republican to win reelection to Congress since her father, who represented the First District in the state's northern region from 1957 to 1969.

Her voting record has been moderate by Southern Republican standards. She is the only pro-choice member of West Virginia's House delegation, despite the fact that the West Virginia Republican Party is strongly pro-life. She also has strong ties to organized labor, a rarity among congressional Republicans.

2006 election

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Mike Callaghan to challenge Capito in her bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) Capito retained her seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Powell Construction$ 65,000
Citigroup Inc$ 49,850
Sullivan & Cromwell$ 45,100
Alpha Natural Resources$ 32,475
FirstEnergy Corp$ 32,400
Jackson Kelly Pllc$ 31,350
Metlife Inc$ 29,700
American Electric Power$ 23,700
Wells Fargo$ 23,300
Bank of New York Mellon$ 23,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Shelley Moore Capito
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Oil Money in Politics

Shelley Moore Capito has received $71,350 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $22,250 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Capito has accepted $280,595 from oil companies between 2000 and 2008, which makes her one of the top recipients of oil money.[4]

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments are not yet available for the 110th Congress.

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Shelley Moore Capito. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2443 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2711 Fax: 202-225-7856
    Webform email
District offices
  • 4815 MacCorkle Avenue, Southeast, Charleston, WV 25304
    Ph: 304-925-5964 Fax: (none entered)
  • 300 Foxcroft Avenue, Suite 102, Martinsburg, WV 25401
    Ph: 304-264-8810 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Capito for Congress campaign website

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 11519
Charleston, WV 25339

Physical Address:
164 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-342-1094
Fax: 304-342-5020

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Vote Tracker, Oil Change International.
  3. Susan Crabtree, "Two GOP lawmakers resign from page board," The Hill, December 6, 2007.
  4. See "Follow the Oil Money," "Follow the Coal Money," and vote tracker from Oil Change International and Appalachian Voices.

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