The 2020 election season is in full swing, and here at FFL we’re excited to see that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. We love to celebrate conservative women in all capacities and give our readers a look at what they stand for. 

The filing date for the 2020 primary election in West Virginia recently passed. There are two Republican women running, both for re-election to their respective chambers. West Virginia will host their primary election on Tuesday, May 12, and the general election on November 3, 2020. 

Here’s what you need to know about these two women:

Senator Shelley Moore Capito

Capito is finishing up her freshman term as a Senator, having been elected in 2014 as the first female Senator from West Virginia. Prior to her election to the Senate, she was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (WV-02) and the West Virginia House of Delegates. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Virginia. 

In the Senate, she sits on four committees: Environment and Public Works (chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee); Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Appropriations (chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee); and Rules and Administration. She is a strong supporter of the president and has been endorsed by Winning for Women. Capito has two primary challengers but with a net favorability rating at +45 with Republicans and +14 overall and Cook PVI at Solid R, she has a clear path to re-election.

Representative Carol Miller (WV-03)

As the only freshman Republican woman elected to the House in 2018, Miller was thrust into the spotlight before she even took her oath of office. She has taken the position in stride by being a loud advocate for female Republican candidates. Since coming to the Hill, she has served on the Transportation & Infrastructure and Oversight & Reform Committees and is an Assistant Whip for the minority. 

She previously was the Majority Whip in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Miller holds degrees in Political Science and History from Columbia College. She owns a bison farm in her district and frequently refers to her experience as a small business owner and farmer. Her endorsements from fellow Rep. Elise Stefanik’s E-PAC and Winning for Women and an R+23 district set the stage for an easy re-elect as well.

Jillian K