Former Bush Official Running for Congress in West Virginia

Charlotte Lane, who spent eight years as a commissioner on the U.S. International Trade Commission under President George W. Bush, is running for Congress in West Virginia.

She’s running in the state’s second congressional district, where the incumbent, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, is running for Senate. 

Capito’s decision set off a crowded GOP primary, with contenders including former Maryland lawmaker and GOP party chairman Alex Mooney, former West Virginia Delegate Larry V. Faircloth, Jim Moss of Putnam County, and Robert Fluharty of Jefferson County, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

Lane’s Bush-era ties would appear to help with developing a network of donors, and she has extensive experience in state government: former chair of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, four years in the West Virginia House of Delegates, and serving as an interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

The district scores an R+8 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

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