|U.S. House, Virginia, District 4|
|June 19, 2001-present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||14|
|Predecessor||Norman Sisisky (D)|
|Chair, Republican Party of Virginia|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$6.23 in 2012|
|First elected||June 19, 2001|
|Virginia House of Delegates|
|Other||L.L.B., University of Virginia Law School|
|Date of birth||February 17, 1952|
|Place of birth||Chesapeake, Va.|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.1 National security
- 4.1.2 Economy
- 4.1.3 Immigration
- 4.1.4 Healthcare
- 4.1.5 Social issues
- 4.1.6 Government affairs
- 4.2 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Forbes most recently won re-election on November 4, 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.
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 bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon College. He then earned his L.L.B. from the University of Virginia Law School and went on to work in private practice. Prior to his congressional career, Forbes was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates as well as the Virginia Senate.
The following is an abbreviated list of Forbes' political and professional career:
- 2001-Present: Member of the United States House of Representatives
- 1997-2001: Virginia Senate
- 1996-2001: Virginia Republican Party Chair
- 1989-1997: Virginia House of Delegates
Forbes served 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
House Judiciary Committee
Forbes was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in the 107th Congress, which was from 2001 to 2003. Forbes has served on the committee continuously throughout his entire Congressional career.
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second 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 DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 permitted 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 three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1 percent 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Forbes voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
Forbes asked for his pay to be withheld during the shutdown.
- 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Forbes joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Forbes is a Hard-Core Conservative. Forbes received a score of 19 percent on social issues and 92 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Neutral|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Favors||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
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..."
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.
Gay congressional candidates
According to Politico, in January 2013, Forbes discouraged fellow Republicans and the NRCC from supporting 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," said Forbes. The NRCC chairman, Greg Walden, issued the following 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."
|U.S. House, Virginia District 4 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Randy Forbes Incumbent||60.2%||120,684|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
|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|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Forbes attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
|Randy Forbes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$189,862.55||$111,535.44||$(61,897.41)||$239,500.58|
|July Quarterly||June 15, 2013||$239,500.58||$183,840.64||$(113,918.98)||$309,422.24|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$309,422.24||$171,609.18||$(140,737.90)||$340,293.52|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$340,293||$122,287||$(93,630)||$368,950|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$368,950.51||$201,946.34||$(133,373.23)||$437,523.62|
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|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
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' 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|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
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. Between 2004 and 2012, Forbes' calculated net worth increased by an average of 55 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Randy Forbes Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2004 to 2012:||436%|
|Average annual growth:||55%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Forbes is the chair of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. Forbes received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Virginia's 4th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.
From 2001-2014, 18.68 percent of Forbes' career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Randy Forbes Campaign Contributions|
|Chair of the the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces|
|Top industry in the district||Educational services, and health care and social assistance|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||4.33%|
|% total in top two industries||8.54%|
|% total in top five industries||18.68%|
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 244 of 9,499 roll call votes from June 2001 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.
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 ranked 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.
National Journal vote ratings
- 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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Forbes was one of two members of the House who ranked 158th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Forbes ranked 106th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
Forbes ranked 111th in the conservative rankings in 2011.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Forbes voted with the Republican Party 94 percent of the time, which ranked 127th among the 233 House Republican members as of September 2014.
Forbes voted with the Republican Party 93.5 percent 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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- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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