At a Glance
- Career History: West Virginia House of Delegates (1996-2000); Director, Educational Information Center, WV Board of Regents (1978-1981); Career counselor, West Virginia State College (1976-1978)
- Birthday: November 26, 1953
- Hometown: Glen Dale, W.Va.
- Alma Mater: Duke University, B.S. 1975; University of Virginia, M. Ed. 1976
- Spouse: Charles
- Religion: Presbyterian
- Committees: Financial Services ; Transportation and Infrastructure
- DC Office: 2443 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-2711
- District Offices: Charleston, 304-925-5964; Martinsburg, 304-264-8810
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Path to Power
Capito was born in 1953, when her father, Arch Moore (R), was serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Capito would grow up splitting time between northern West Virginia and Washington D.C. while Moore served in the U.S. House from 1957 to 1969. Moore was elected governor three times, in 1968, 1972 and 1984.
A graduate of Duke University and the University of Virginia, Capito was a Cherry Blossom Princess while in college. She would later become the first princess elected to Congress.
During the 110th Congress, Capito voted with her party 87.8 percent of the time. As of 2010, she has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 70.
On social issues, Capito is at odds with most of her GOP colleagues. She has supported legislation easing restrictions of federal funding for stem-cell research. Capito has received campaign funds from WISH List, an organization that backs Republicans who support abortion rights. She did back an amendment to the November 2009 version of the health-care reform bill that inserted language banning federal funding of abortions.
Capito is a close friend of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and the two have been known to sit next to each other at every State of the Union address.
West Virginia's congressional delegation has often worked together on energy and coal issues. Capito has a good friendship with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (R-W.Va.). Prior to declining to challenge Rockefeller in 2008, Capito acknowledged that she didn't want to run against the veteran incumbent.