|U.S. House, Virginia, District 4|
|June 19, 2001-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||13|
|Predecessor||Norman Sisisky (D)|
|Chair, Republican Party of Virginia|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$6.23 in 2012|
|First elected||June 19, 2001|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Virginia House of Delegates|
|Other||L.L.B., University of Virginia Law School|
|Birthday||February 17, 1952|
|Place of birth||Chesapeake, VA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Controversy
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Forbes is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Forbes earned his L.L.B. from the University of Virginia Law School and went on to work in private practice.
The following is an abbreviated list of Forbes' political and professional career:
- 2001-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
- 1997-2001: Virginia Senate
- 1996-2001: Virginia Republican Party Chair
- 1989-1997: Virginia House of Delegates
Forbes serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Chair
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
Forbes served on the following House committees:
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
- Committee on Armed Services
- Readiness Subcommittee Chair
- Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Forbes's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Forbes voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Forbes voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Forbes voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Forbes voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Forbes voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Forbes voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
Forbes asked for his pay to be withheld during the shutdown.
Paul Ryan Budget Proposal
In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year. However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal. Forbes was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.
The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period. The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition. Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Prohibition
Forbes supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Forbes has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Forbes supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Forbes voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
House Judiciary Committee
Congressman Forbes was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in the 107th Congress which was from 2001 to 2003. Congressman Forbes has served on the committee continuously throughout his entire Congressional career.
Gay congressional candidates
Forbes came under fire in December 2013. According to Politico, Forbes has been discouraging fellow Republicans and the NRCC from supporting some gay Republican candidates. Forbes skirted the question when asked if he would support Carl DeMaio, an openly gay Republican candidate running for California's 52nd congressional seat in 2014. Forbes said, "GOP leaders can do whatever they want to do.” He continued, "There would be a different situation if they tried to force other members to give money." Politico then asked Forbes how he would feel if the NRCC gave DeMaio money. Forbes said, "That’s a little different situation. I don’t think they’ve done that yet." He then declined to say if he would donate to the NRCC if they donated to DeMaio, "I’m not going to be hypothetical on what we would or wouldn’t do at this particular point in time because you’ve got a lot of scenarios. I don’t think we’ve had primaries and nominations to nominate people. So I don’t want to prejudge." The NRCC chairman, Greg Walden, issued a statement, "Our decisions on the Republican nominees we support will not be based on race, gender or sexual orientation but will be based on the strength of their candidacy and their ability to defeat Democrats."
According to Forbes' website, some of his campaign themes included:
- Economy: "...supported taking bold action on energy and gas prices...placing consumer safeguards in our mortgage lending industry, increasing financial literacy in our schools and communities, and increasing access and affordability of health care."
- Energy: "supports a tax policy that better encourages energy innovation at the manufacturing level and energy conservation at the consumer level."
- Healthcare: "...need to create real, free market competition in our health care system that would allow individuals to purchase the insurance plan that is most affordable for them..."
Forbes is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 4th District. Forbes is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Randy Forbes Incumbent||56.9%||199,292|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Virginia's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Randy Forbes Incumbent||89.7%||26,294|
Comprehensive donor information for Forbes is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Forbes raised a total of $6,190,166 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.
|Randy Forbes's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$1,077,552|
|2010||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$987,976|
|2008||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$729,040|
|2006||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$650,871|
|2004||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$884,368|
|2002||US House (Virginia, District 4)||$1,860,359|
|Grand Total Raised||$6,190,166|
|Randy Forbes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$340,293||$122,287||$(93,630)||$368,950|
Forbes won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Forbes' campaign committee raised a total of $1,077,552 and spent $1,240,932.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 4, 2012 - Randy Forbes Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$78,992|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$77,669|
|Top contributors to Randy Forbes's campaign committee|
|WE Curling Inc||$15,000|
|Chesapeake Public Schools||$13,200|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Cost per vote
Forbes spent $6.23 per vote received in 2012.
Forbes won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Forbes's campaign committee raised a total of $987,976 and spent $723,504.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 4, 2010 - Randy Forbes Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$174,483|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$178,139|
|Top contributors to Randy Forbes's campaign committee|
|Alion Science & Technology||$17,000|
|Chesapeake Public Schools||$11,550|
|American Bankers Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Forbes most often votes with:
Forbes least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Forbes missed 226 of 8,475 roll call votes from June 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Forbes paid his congressional staff a total of $964,931 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Forbes' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $36,013 to $5,724,996. That averages to $2,880,504.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Forbes ranked as the 112th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Randy Forbes Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Forbes ranked 106th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Forbes ranked 111th in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Forbes has voted with the Republican Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 95th among the 242 House Republican members as of July 2013.
Forbes and his wife, Shirley, have four children.
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- Randy Forbes: Leading the fight for more military funding - FCW.com
- 1st District House candidate Innis one of 3 gay Republicans trying to make ... - Concord Monitor
- E-Mail 'Seven warnings on the National Debt for 2014' To A Friend - Tidewater News
- Pinellas real estate transactions for Jan. 22 - Tampabay.com (blog)
- Congressional GOP has proposed multiple alternatives to Obamacare - Richmond Times Dispatch (blog)
- House Armed Services Chair McKeon Set to Retire - Military.com
- House Armed Services Chair Announces Retirement - DoD Buzz
- Votes of Virginians - Richmond Times Dispatch
- House Armed Services Chairman McKeon Said Ready to Retire - Bloomberg
- Rep. Buck McKeon retirement sparks race for coveted Armed Services seat - Washington Times
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- Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
- Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Forbes", accessed December 30, 2013
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 7, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
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- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
- Washington Post "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
- CBS News "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget" accessed March 22, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Forbes on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Forbes on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Government Printing Office "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves", September 19, 2002(See Page ii)
- Government Printing Office "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003(See Page ii)
- Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page ii)
- Government Printing Office "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007(See Page ii)
- House Judiciary Committee "109th Congress-Members"
- Politico, "Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny money to gay candidates", accessed December 5, 2013
- Randy Forbes Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
- Independent-Messenger "Forbes has primary challenger," April 27, 2012
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- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Randy Forbes," Accessed April 4, 2013
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- Federal Election Commission "Randy Forbes July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
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- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
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