Shelley Moore Capito was born in 1953 and is currently serving as the junior United States Senator from West Virginia. Senator Capito’s seat is up for election in 2020.
Senator Moore Capito was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. She previously served on the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2000. That year she successfully ran to represent the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the House until 2015, when she joined the Senate.
Senator Moore Capito is currently serving on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.
Below is Senator Moore Capito’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Senator Moore Capito opposed the Iran nuclear deal. She opposed the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which claims that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. Senator Moore Capito supported the Taylor Force Act, which states that no American governmental funds shall be given to a Palestinian entity that financially rewards terrorists or their families.
She opposes the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Combating BDS Act of 2017, two bills that aimed to fight discriminatory boycotts that target Israel.
In 2018, Senator Moore Capito cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, a legislation that supported full funding of security assistance to Israel as outlined in the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.
In 2019, she voted for the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act which, among other things, strengthened Israel’s security and allowed a state or local government to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities that boycott Israel.
Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.capito.senate.gov/news/press-releases/capito-america-does-not-have-to-accept-bad-deal-with-iran
Voted For the Strengthening America’s Middle East Security Act of 2019 https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00016
Cosponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors
Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.wboy.com/news/politics/west-virginia-reacts-to-jerusalem-as-israeli-capital/876947405
Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-resolution/6/cosponsors
Cosponsored the Combating BDS Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/170/cosponsors
Cosponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2497/cosponsors
Cosponsored Senate Resolution 120 that opposes the global BDS movement https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-resolution/120