Conservative Report Card:
Heritage Action: 38
American Conservative Union: No Rating
Conservative Review: 20
Within hours of her announcing her candidacy for the United States Senate, the Club for Growth immediately banded her the “establishment candidate,” but conservative opposition didn’t stop the pro-abortion Capito from securing a victory. When you have solid name recognition, a slot with the GOP House Leadership and a powerful political pedigree (her father, Arch Moore, was the Governor of West Virginia), almost nothing can stop you. As Capito’s star rises and she takes more Senate votes, look for her position on the RINO list to rise to the top.
Shelley Moore Capito is the daughter of Shelley (Riley) and Arch Moore, who was Governor of West Virginia from 1969 to 1977, and again from 1985 to 1989. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to running for public office, she worked as a college counselor and director of an educational center. Capito is married to Charles Capito, and they have three children.
Prior to serving as a Representative in the United States Congress, Republican Shelley Moore Capito served as a delegate from the 31st District in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2000. She then ran and was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served from 2001 to 2015.
Ms. Capito served on the various House Committees. After the explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine, which killed 29 coal miners, she helped to found a coal caucus, which fights to protect coal as an energy resource and a generator of jobs. The Caucus includes Representatives from Pennsylvania, Montana, Illinois, and Colorado. Her RINO credentials are strong but she has been a strong supporter of the mining industry.
Ms. Capito declared her intentions to run for the United States Senate in the 2014 election against incumbent Jay Rockefeller, who later retired. She won, defeating Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Natalie Tenant. Her father, former Governor Arch Moore, died the day after she was sworn into the Senate.
Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit (Chairman)
Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
These rankings of the Top Eleven RINOs in the United States Senate was compiled and primarily based upon the Senate rankings from Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review Scorecards. We encourage you to visit those sites for more detailed information.