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
Cost per vote$19.02 in 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, in Glendale, West Virignia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of West Virginia. 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., 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Capito's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Capito voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Capito asked that her pay be withheld during the shutdown, and that she will donate the pay from that period to a charity after the shutdown ends.[12]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Capito voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Capito's campaign platform included the following issues[20]:

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

Elections

2014

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

Tennant Senate ad, September 2013

On November 26, 2012, Capito declared she is running for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jay Rockefeller in the 2014 elections.[21] Capito will have to vacate her seat in the U.S. House to pursue the Senate bid.[22]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Attack ad

Capito was mentioned in an ad from Natalie Tennant. Tennant criticized Capito for voting against a mine safety act, a policy supported by other West Virginia delegates. Capito expressed displeasure with Tennant's comments, saying, "I was obviously a little surprised at the vindictive nature she came right out of the box against me. I’ve got a lot going on here and I’ve been doing this a long time. So I’m going to stick with my strategy. I always take the high road."[23]

2012

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

Capito won re-election in 2012.[24] She defeated Michael Davis and Jonathan Miller in the May 8 Republican primary,[25] and defeated Democrat Howard Swint in the November 6 general election.[25][26][27]

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...[34]

On July 21, 2010, Capito announced on WV MetroNews Talkline that she was not seeking the Senate seat.[35]

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.[36]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Capito's reports.[37]

Shelley Moore Capito (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]4/15/2013$1,603,511.56$945,903.57$(177,913.64)$2,371,501.49
July Quarterly[39]7/15/2013$2,371,501.49$763,974.48$(261,857)$2,873,618.97
Running totals
$1,709,878.05$(439,770.64)

Moore has raised $900,000 from January 2013 through March 2013 for her Senate run in 2014.[40]

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.[41]

Cost per vote

Capito spent $19.02 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Capito won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Capito's campaign committee raised a total of $1,531,270 and spent $996,568.[42]

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[43]

Capito most often votes with:

Capito least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Capito is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 26, 2013.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

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, 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.[47]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Capito voted with the Republican Party 95.2% of the time, which ranked 154th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  20. Shelley Moore Capito campaign website "Issues," Accessed May 2, 2012
  21. The Olympian, " Capito to run for Rockefeller's US Senate seat," November 26, 2012
  22. WTRF.com, "Goodwin rules out '14 run for W.Va. Senate seat," February 20, 2013
  23. Politico, "Shelley Moore Capito: Natalie Tennant roll-out ‘vindictive’", accessed September 23, 2013
  24. Washington Post: The Fix "Romney and Santorum demonstrate hugely different bases of support," January 4, 2012
  25. 25.0 25.1 West Virginia Metro News "2012 Primary Results," May 8, 2012
  26. West Virginia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. "It's official: Manchin appoints Carte Goodwin for Senate Seat," West Virginia Watchdog, July 16, 2010
  35. "AUDIO: Capito Announces on WV MetroNews Talkline She is Not Seeking Senate Seat," West Virginia Watchdog, July 21, 2010
  36. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed April 5, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Capito 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  38. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  39. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  40. The Hill "Democrats gain early fundraising edge", Accessed April 23, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Capito Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "Shelley Moore Capito 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 17, 2011
  43. OpenCongress, "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed August 6, 2013
  44. Gov Track "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed June 26, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Capito," Accessed April 11, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Shelley Moore Capito," Accessed September 7, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Capito (R-WV), 2011"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVa), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. 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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