Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning more than 62 percent of the vote and all 55 counties.
After serving West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, and as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years prior, Shelley decided to run for Senate with the goal of being an even stronger voice for the Mountain State. She also saw an opportunity to restore order to a Senate stuck in gridlock for far too long.
Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and cooperation across the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia and the country as a whole.
Shelley serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Rules and Administration Committee, and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. This committee portfolio puts Shelley in a strong position to create new opportunities in the Mountain State and fight for West Virginia coal, jobs, and families.
On the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shelley brings West Virginia’s voice to the table when our nation’s spending priorities are determined. She serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
On the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Shelley advocates for policies that protect vital West Virginia energy and manufacturing jobs and encourage investment in West Virginia’s highway infrastructure. She serves as Chairman of the EPW Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee.
On the Senate Commerce Committee, Shelley promotes rural broadband expansion to better serve states like West Virginia.
Shelley is committed to being accessible and responsive to the people of the Mountain State. She regularly travels the state to hear from and meet with West Virginians.
A lifelong West Virginian, Shelley was born in Glen Dale in the Northern Panhandle. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Shelley and her husband Charles L. Capito Jr. reside in Charleston. They have three adult children: two sons, Charles (wife Laura) and Moore (wife Katie), and one daughter, Shelley (husband Colin Macleod). They have also been blessed with four grandchildren: Celia, Charlie, Eliza and Rose.
Leah Curry is President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) located in Buffalo, West Virginia. TMMWV, established in 1996, manufactures 4-cylinder engines for the Camry and Corolla and V6 engines for the Highlander and Sienna. In addition, TMMWV manufactures 6-speed automatic transmissions for the Avalon, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus RX 350 and 8-speed automatic transmissions for the Camry. Curry is responsible for all manufacturing and administrative functions of the manufacturing plant.
Prior to this assignment, she was vice president of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind., where she oversaw all manufacturing operations at the plant that produces the Highlander, Sienna and Sequoia.
During her 20-year career with Toyota Leah held several other manufacturing management positions at TMMI including general manager of Assembly and management positions in Body Weld, Stamping, Maintenance, Production Engineering and New Model launch. She started her career as a team leader at TMMI in 1997.
Curry studied Industrial Electronics at the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Ind. She holds a TPC Certification in Industrial Electronics.
Leah serves on the National Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute, and is a board member of The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and The Education Alliance, a private, non-profit organization that advocates for public school student achievement in West Virginia.
She lives in Hurricane, West Virginia, and is a native of Haubstadt, Ind. She and her husband David have four adult children and two grandchildren.
A Native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Development from Marshall University and an Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Jan holds many fire service certifications and is also a Fire and EMS Instructor in the State of West Virginia.
Since November of 2014 Chief Rader has been serving as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The purpose of this task force is to address drug addiction in Huntington and the surrounding communities and create a holistic approach involving prevention, treatment and law enforcement.