Candidate Profile
Shelley Moore Capito

Republican , West Virginia


Shelley Moore Capito
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 88% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  87%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  19%, 81% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  79%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  62%, 68% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  53%
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  20%, 53% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  71%, 51% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2019:  32%, 50% (cum.)
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  48% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  47% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  43%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  33%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  30% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2019:  D



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  67%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  C
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  33%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 19% (cum.)
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 17% (cum.)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  0%, 16% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  40%, 15% (cum.)
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  15%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  13%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  8%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  6% (cum.)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  3%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  0%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  0%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  0%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  0%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Alex Mooney, Campaign for Working Families, Donald Trump, *Family Research Council Action PAC, Maggie's List, National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF and 4 more


United Mine Workers of America - UMWA, United Mine Workers of America West Virginia - COMPAC UMWA


Associated Builders and Contractors West Virginia, Carol Miller, David McKinley, *Humane Society Legislative Fund, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC (HuntPAC), J.B. McCuskey and 7 more

Selected Contributions


Aaron Schock (2008), Brian Bilbray (2010), Charles Djou (2010), Charlie Dent (2010), Daniel Lungren (2010), Daniel S. Sullivan (2014) and 35 more
13th Colony Leadership Committee (2006), 21st Century Majority Fund (2014), Advance The Majority PAC (2006), Alamo PAC (2014), American Future Fund (2014), American Legacy PAC (2014) and 179 more


Airline Pilots Association (2014), American Federation of Government Employees (2020), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2014), American Maritime Officers (2019), American Postal Workers Union (2020), Americans for the Arts (2017) and 22 more







Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 23, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.
One of seven Senate Republicans to vote July 26, 2017, against Senator Rand Paul's amendment that would have repealed Obamacare's taxpayer funding of elective abortion and eliminated mandatory federal funding for certain large abortion providers like Planned Parenthood for one year. Record vote on S. Amdt. 271 to S. Amdt. 267 to H.R. 1628 (American Health Care Act of 2017).


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

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Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito believes that "federal subsidies [should] be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures".  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito cosponsored the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito believes that an abortion may be allowed when the woman's life is in danger and in the case of rape or incest.  Source


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Capito's commitment to protecting free enterprise is second to none," said Gil White, state director of NFIB/West Virginia.  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "In the Senate, I will work to preserve Social Security and Medicare for future generations while protecting our current seniors. I also know we must find a way to preserve these critical programs. That is why I co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would crack down on Medicare fraud to cut on tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending."  Source

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito cosponsored the Dollar-for-Dollar Deficit Reduction Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito does not support student loans becoming the responsibility of taxpayers.  Source

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

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Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

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I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

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What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

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I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

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How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "Senator Capito is fighting to lower prescription drug prices by introducing the bipartisan Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act. The bill would prohibit Medicare Part D plan sponsors and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) from retroactively reducing payments on accurate reimbursement claims submitted by pharmacies."  Source

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

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I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Senator Capito has visited the southern border several times and believes a border wall system is crucially important, not only to deter and stop illegal immigration, but also to help keep deadly drugs out of our country and out of West Virginia.  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito is chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and has helped to fund ICE.  Source

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito is a cosponsor of the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, which denies federal funding to these cities.  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito is a cosponsor of the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, which "permanently authorizes the E-verify program".  Source

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I do not support amnesty, plain and simple. I believe that it is incumbent upon us to secure our borders before we move forward into any other comprehensive immigration plan."  Source


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito did not support adding sexual orientation to non-discrimination law.  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Shelley Capito is Presbyterian.  Source


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

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Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

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Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito is a cosponsor of the Back the Blue Act, which gives mandatory minimum sentencing to those involved in conspiring to kill or involved in killing federal officers or employees.  Source

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito said "she would not favor gun-control policy, [but] she thinks it is fair to talk about what can be done to prevent violent acts from happening."  Source

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

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iVoterGuide Note:  Capito opposes BDS.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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iVoterGuide Note:  "I'm going on the record as saying I'm against recreational marijuana, but I respect the states' rights to make that decision."  Source

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

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The Electoral College should be abolished.

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In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

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