WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today released the following statement in response to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State speech and the first day of West Virginia’s legislative session:

“Our state made history once again today as Republicans took control of the state legislature for the first time in more than 80 years and got to work rebuilding West Virginia.  I was pleased to hear Governor Tomblin affirm tonight that he will work together with the new legislature for the common good of West Virginians. In order for West Virginia to reach her full potential we must create an environment where coal, jobs, businesses and families can thrive.  Today, I am more confident than ever that we are on the right path toward turning our economy around and making our beloved state the best it can be.”