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Capito Named to Counsel for Majority Leader McConnell



Newly elected Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been tapped as counsel to new Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Capito’s office said Tuesday in a news release that the West Virginia senator is one of four counsel members McConnell has appointed in the new Congress.

The other Republican senators appointed as counsel are Rob Portman of Ohio, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Mike Lee of Utah.

The release says the four senators will offer input, guidance and advice to the Republican leadership.

In November, Capito won the seat of long-time Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who has retired.

Tuesday afternoon’s swearing-in marks the start of a new Congress with Republicans in control of both chambers.