Charleston, WV (LOOTPRESS)- Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) has defeated Paula Jean Swearengin to retain her seat in the US Senate. Capito is going into her 2nd term in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress. Capito has a long and storied career in West Virginia politics, beginning in the WV House of Delegates in 1996.
Capito carries the distinction of being the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from West Virginia. Capito serves on the Senate Rules Committee, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
Capito also carries the status of matriarch of a political family that dates to Governor Arch Moore, Jr. Capito’s son, Moore Capito, a Charleston Attorney, serves in the West Virginia House of Delegates as the Vice-Chairman of House Judiciary, and her nephew Riley Moore served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from Jefferson and is a current candidate for State Treasurer.
Capito recently passed legislation that was signed by President Trump, the ACE Act, which supported conservation and habitat restoration in the Chesapeake Bay area. Capito looks to resume her role in the majority on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she has secured funding for a number of projects in the Mountain State.
Capito will assume her 2nd term in January, and serve through the 2026 election.