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Sen. Capito named ranking member of Environment and Public Works Committee

MORGANTOWN – U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced Tuesday that she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works ranking member for the 117th Congress. Capito was also ratified by the Senate Republican Conference.

“I am incredibly honored to have been elected by my colleagues on the EPW Committee to serve as the next ranking member,” she said. “I look forward to continuing working together with Chairman Carper, as well as our other colleagues on the committee to develop commonsense solutions that positively impact the lives of Americans from all parts of the country.”

The Senate glossary defines ranking member as “the highest ranking (and usually longest serving) minority member of a committee or subcommittee.”

Capito has served on the EPW Committee since she became a U.S. Senator in 2015. During the 115th Congress, she served as chair of the Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee. During the 116th Congress, she served as chair of the Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee.

“As the top Republican on the committee,” she said, “I remain committed to working alongside Chairman Carper to pass a long-term highway bill, improve our water and wastewater infrastructure, continue efforts to address climate change, provide assistance to our rural communities across the country, provide regulatory certainty, and more.

“Importantly, my colleagues and I will provide oversight and demand accountability of the Biden administration. Together, I am confident that we can come to legislative solutions that promote our energy industry instead of compromising jobs. I look forward to getting to work.”