Sen. Mike Caputo will not seek re-election in 2024


After nearly three decades in the West Virginia Legislature, state Senator Mike Caputo has decided not to seek another term.

“It has been truly humbling that the people of my region have shown such faith in me all these years, and I have been extremely proud to represent them,” Caputo said. “I intend to work hard for the 13th Senate District through the end of 2024, but then it’s time for me to close this chapter of my public service.”  

Caputo was first elected to serve in the House of Delegates in 1996 and was re-elected to that seat 12 times before being elected to the Senate in 2020. Caputo began his private sector career as a coal miner, then in 1996 began working for the United Mine Workers of America, where he served as the UMWA’s International District 31 Vice President before retiring in 2018. He has held many other positions with various labor and community organizations in Marion County and beyond. Caputo remains a current vice president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO.

UMWA President Cecil Roberts said Caputo will go down in history as one of West Virginia’s most capable and effective legislators, especially where working families are concerned:

His advocacy and leadership in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate meant that workers and their communities could always count on a strong voice on their side, and a strong commitment to their well-being. Mike’s constituents are much better off for his service. From improving and upgrading transportation, to creating new jobs, to protecting existing jobs, Mike Caputo put workers and families in North-Central West Virginia first – and he delivered for them.

He was always an outspoken advocate for coal mining and especially coal miners, which he was for decades. Mike has always known that mining can be made safe and the use of coal can be made environmentally responsible. Even though the political winds often blew hard around him, he never wavered from that stance.

West Virginians everywhere will miss Mike Caputo and his service to them in Charleston. I wish him, his wife Tina and his children and grandchildren much happiness and joy in a well-earned retirement!

West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword said Caputo’s advocacy on behalf of West Virginia workers is unparalleled. “Mike Caputo’s support for working families over his legislative career is legendary. His voting record on our issues is 127 right and zero wrong, which means that every time working families needed a voice, Mike Caputo was there for them,” said Sword. “Although I’m happy for him and his chance to spend more time with his family, the void he’s leaving behind will be impossible to fill. And personally, I’ll miss my friend.”

While there have certainly been politically charged debates over the years, Caputo said the majority of his service has involved interacting with his constituents and advocating on their behalf:

From the outside it may look like the Legislature is all about political fights and arguments, but the vast majority of what we do during session involves working together to find ways to help our people back home. Very little of my legislative work has had to do with partisan politics – those issues always got the limelight, but at the end of the day it has always been about serving the people of this region and working families throughout the state. I believe that’s why my constituents continued sending me back to Charleston despite the changing political climate. I have always said that this seat belongs to the people, and it has been the honor of my life to be their voice in Charleston.

The November 2024 election will determine Caputo’s successor. He encourages all his constituents to “VOTE!”


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