Shelley Moore Capito

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Shelley Moore Capito
Shelley Moore Capito.jpeg
U.S. House, West Virginia, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBob Wise (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$14,192,622
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
West Virginia house of delegates
1997-2001
Education
Bachelor'sDuke University
OtherM.Ed., University of Virginia
Personal
BirthdayNovember 26, 1953
Place of birthGlendale, WV
Net worth$1,124,528
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Shelley Moore Capito (b. November 26, 1953) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. Moore Capito was first elected by voters from the 2nd congressional district of West Virginia in 2000, and she won re-election in 2012.

Capito will vacate her seat in the U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections.[1]

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Capito served in the West Virginia House of Delegates.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Capito is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members.

Biography

After earning her M.Ed., Moore Capito was a college counselor and then director of an educational information center.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Capito's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Capito serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Capito was a member of the following House committees[5]:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Capito's campaign platform included the following issues[6]:

  • Energy independence
  • Decreasing taxes and regulation
  • Health care access

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Capito voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014

On November 26, 2012, Capito declared her candidacy for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jay Rockefeller in the 2014 elections.[8] Capito will have to vacate her seat in the U.S. House to pursue the Senate bid.[9]

2012

See also: West Virginia's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Moore Capito won re-election in 2012.[10] She defeated Michael Davis and Jonathan Miller in the May 8 Republican primary,[11] and defeated Democrat Howard Swint in the November 6 general election.[11][12][13]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Howard Swint 30.2% 68,340
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 69.8% 157,825
Total Votes 226,165
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelley Moore Capito Incumbent 83% 35,088
Michael Davis 5.9% 2,495
Jonathan Miller 11.1% 4,711
Total Votes 42,294

Full history


Sen. Byrd seat

When Sen. Robert C. Byrd died suddenly, he left his U.S. Senate seat--which he held for longer than any other seats Senators have held in history-- unfilled. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) was a possible contender in a special election to be held in West Virginia. She released a statement that congratulated Carte Goodwin on his appointment to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Joe Manchin. The statement also said:

It is troubling that upon the news of Senator Robert Byrd’s passing, the three elected executive officers of our state government who play a significant role in determining the process and timing of a Special Election – Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did not meet and work together on a course of action to address the known problems in the law. It is apparent that many elected officials, and particularly the person ultimately charged with calling a Special Election, have been more focused on political maneuvers to further their own political ambitions before fulfilling the obligations of their office on behalf of the people they were elected to serve.

Based on the person chosen from the rumored field of candidates to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy on an interim basis, it is once again evident that political ambition was the key factor in the selection. Governor Manchin followed the same path as Florida Governor Charlie Crist did last August when he appointed his former staffer for the sole purpose of protecting his own desire to run for the U.S. Senate seat...[20]

On July 21, 2010, Capito announced on WV MetroNews Talkline that she was not seeking the Senate seat.[21]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Capito is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Capito raised a total of $14,192,622 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[22]

Shelley Moore Capito's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $2,449,473
2010 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $1,531,270
2008 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $2,217,688
2006 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $2,440,788
2004 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $1,604,880
2002 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $2,581,019
2000 US House (West Virginia, District 2) Won $1,367,504
Grand Total Raised $14,192,622

2013

Moore has raised $900,000 from January 2013 through March 2013 for her Senate run in 2014.[23]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Capito's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Capito won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Capito's campaign committee raised a total of $2,449,473 and spent $3,001,167.[24]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Moore Capito's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Moore Capito won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Moore Capito's campaign committee raised a total of $1,531,270 and spent $996,568.[25]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Captio is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 26, 2013.[26]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Capito missed 109 of 8,664 roll call votes from January 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Capito paid her congressional staff a total of $993,255 in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranks 33rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Capito's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$17,938 and $2,266,995. That averages to $1,124,528, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth decreased by 35.07% from 2010.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Capito's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $506,060 to $2,957,997. That averages to $1,732,028.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Capito was 1 of 2 members who ranked 207th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[31]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Capito was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 203rd in the conservative rankings.[32]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Moore Capito voted with the Republican Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 154 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Moore Capito and her husband, Charles L. Capito, have three children and one grandchild.[2]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. The Washington Post, "Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will run for Senate," November 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Capito," Accessed June 26,2013
  3. WhoRunsGov.com "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed November 17, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 17, 2011
  6. Shelley Moore Capito campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 2, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. The Olympian, " Capito to run for Rockefeller's US Senate seat," November 26, 2012
  9. WTRF.com, "Goodwin rules out '14 run for W.Va. Senate seat," February 20, 2013
  10. Washington Post: The Fix "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
  12. West Virginia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  13. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. "It's official: Manchin appoints Carte Goodwin for Senate Seat," West Virginia Watchdog, July 16, 2010
  21. "AUDIO: Capito Announces on WV MetroNews Talkline She is Not Seeking Senate Seat," West Virginia Watchdog, July 21, 2010
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed April 5, 2013
  23. The Hill "Democrats gain early fundraising edge", Accessed April 23, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Capito Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Shelley Moore Capito 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed June 26, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Capito," Accessed April 11, 2013
  28. LegiStorm, "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed September 7, 2012
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Capito (R-WV), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wise
U.S. House of Representatives - West Virginia, 2nd District
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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