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Senator Shelley Moore Capito to Deliver Law Commencement Address

Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Senator for West Virginia, will deliver this year’s commencement address during the 2015 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 beginning at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.

Capito served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years and then represented the second congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years before her election to the 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.

In the Senate, Capito serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Rules and Administration Committee.

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.

Capito has strong connections to W&L. Her sons Charles ’07L and Moore ’11L, as well as her daughter-in-law Katherine (Brings) Capito ’11L, are graduates of W&L Law.