POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Republican Party will host keynote speaker U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) at its Lincoln Day dinner on Friday, March 25.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. at American Legion Post #23 in Point Pleasant. Tickets, which include the meal, are $12 and can be purchased at the door.
A biography of the senator provided by her office appears below:
Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014 and re-elected in 2020. She is the first female U.S. senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the highest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning over 70% of the vote and all 55 counties, surpassing the previous mark she set in 2014 when she won over 62% of the vote and all 55 counties.
After serving West Virginia’s second congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for 14 years and serving as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years prior, Senator Capito has decided to stand run in the Senate to be an even stronger voice for the Mountain State. . She also saw an opportunity to restore order to a Senate that had been stuck in a stalemate for far too long. She believes today’s challenges require bipartisan solutions and cooperation across the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia and the country as a whole. Senator Capito is committed to being accessible and responsive to her fellow West Virginians and travels regularly, with appropriate health and safety precautions, to hear from and meet with West Virginians.
Senator Capito sits on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Commission (EPW); and the Rules and Administration Committee. This committee portfolio puts her in a strong position to create new opportunities in the Mountain State and fight for West Virginia priorities, jobs and families. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Capito ensures that West Virginia’s priorities are represented when our nation’s funding decisions are made. During her tenure on the committee, she served as chair of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. Senator Capito is currently the top Republican on the Homeland Security subcommittee, where she oversees funding for a range of national security resources and agencies.
She has been a member of the appropriations committee since she became a senator in 2015. Within the EPW committee, the senator is a non-ranking member. As the committee’s top Republican, ranking member Capito advocated for policies that protect vital jobs in West Virginia’s energy and manufacturing sector and encourage investment in West Virginia’s infrastructure. . As leader of the EPW Committee, Ranking Member Capito is committed to promoting a common-sense regulatory strategy and protecting affordable and reliable power generation; build our country’s infrastructure and encourage economic development. She has been a member of the EPW committee since becoming a senator in 2015.
On the Commerce Committee, Sen. Capito oversees ways to address many critical issues for West Virginia, including broadband expansion, which she has been a leading voice in since arriving in Congress. This committee assignment allows Senator Capito to continue advocating for improved connectivity in West Virginia.
A lifelong West Virginia native, Senator Capito was born in Glen Dale, in the northern panhandle. She holds a BS in Zoology from Duke University and an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. She and her husband Charles L. Capito Jr. reside in Charleston. They have three adult children: two sons, Charles (wife Laura) and Moore, and one daughter, Shelley (husband Colin Macleod). They were also blessed with seven grandchildren: Celia, Charlie, Eliza, Rose, Arch, Macaulay and Lewis.