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‘We Can Do It’: Women making impact on West Virginia politics


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito visits Sistersville Elementary School in Tyler County for her West Virginia Girls Rise Up program.
(Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito)

CHARLESTON, W>Va.  — The Friday before election day, Carol Miller — soon to be elected as the next U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District — took the stage after being introduced by President Donald Trump to the crowd at Huntington Tri-State Airport for one final rally.

Standing nearby was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in West Virginia history, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who had warmed up the crowd at the start of the rally. With Miller’s election on Nov. 6, West Virginia’s five-member congressional delegation is now three men and two women.

“Having 40 percent of our congressional delegation women is, I think, a great statement about the respect that West Virginians have for women as women leaders in public service,” Capito said. “I’m just proud that West Virginia is one of those states that have broken through that barrier.”

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