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Randy Forbes
Randy Forbes.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 4
In office
June 19, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 14
PredecessorNorman Sisisky (D)
Chair, Republican Party of Virginia
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 19, 2001
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,190,166
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia Senate
Virginia House of Delegates
Bachelor'sRandolph-Macon College
OtherL.L.B., University of Virginia Law School
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1952
Place of birthChesapeake, VA
Net worth$2,880,504.50
Office website
Campaign website
J. Randy Forbes (b. February 17, 1952, in Chesapeake, Virginia) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 4th Congressional District. Forbes was first elected to Virginia's 4th Congressional District on June 19, 2001 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Norman Sisisky. Forbes ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Forbes is currently serving his sixth consecutive term.[1]

Forbes ran for re-election in Virginia's 4th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Forbes was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates as well as the Virginia Senate.

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.[2]


The following is an abbreviated list of Forbes' political and professional career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Forbes serves on the following committees:[3]


Forbes served on the following House committees[4]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Forbes's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Forbes asked for his pay to be withheld during the shutdown.[9]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[10] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[10] Forbes was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[10]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[11]

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.[10] 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.[10] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[10]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Forbes supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Forbes has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[16]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[18]

House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Forbes was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in the 107th Congress which was from 2001 to 2003.[19] Congressman Forbes has served on the committee continuously throughout his entire Congressional career.[20] [21] [22] [23]


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."[24]

Campaign themes


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..."[25]



See also: Virginia's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Forbes ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 4th District. Forbes sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Virginia's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Forbes won re-election in 2012. He defeated Bonnie Girard in the Republican primary and Ella Ward (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26][27][28]

U.S. House, Virginia District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Ella Ward 42.9% 150,190
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Forbes Incumbent 56.9% 199,292
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 564
Total Votes 350,046
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Virginia's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Forbes Incumbent 89.7% 26,294
Bonnie Girard 10.3% 3,017
Total Votes 29,311

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[35]

Randy Forbes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $1,077,552
2010 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $987,976
2008 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $729,040
2006 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $650,871
2004 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $884,368
2002 US House (Virginia, District 4) Won $1,860,359
Grand Total Raised $6,190,166


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Forbes' reports.[36]


Breakdown of the source of Forbes' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[42]

Cost per vote

Forbes spent $6.23 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Forbes' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[43]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Forbes is a "far-right Republican leader," as of July 2, 2013.[44]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[45]

Forbes most often votes with:

Forbes least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[46]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[47]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[48]

Randy Forbes Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. 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.[49]


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.[50]

Voting with party

July 2013

Forbes voted with the Republican Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 95th among the 242 House Republican members as of July 2013.[51]


Forbes and his wife, Shirley, have four children.[52]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Forbes", accessed December 30, 2013
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 7, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes' Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  11. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Forbes on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Forbes on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Government Printing Office "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves", September 19, 2002(See Page ii)
  20. Government Printing Office "Balanced Budget Amendment", March 6, 2003(See Page ii)
  21. Government Printing Office "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005", February 17, 2005(See Page ii)
  22. Government Printing Office "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase", February 14, 2007(See Page ii)
  23. House Judiciary Committee "109th Congress-Members"
  24. Politico, "Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny money to gay candidates", accessed December 5, 2013
  25. Randy Forbes Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 20, 2012
  26. Independent-Messenger "Forbes has primary challenger," April 27, 2012
  27. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named results
  28. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. "Our Campaigns," Special Election results, accessed April 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Randy Forbes," Accessed April 4, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Forbes Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  42. Open Secrets "Forbes Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Randy Forbes 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  44. Gov Track "Forbes" Accessed July 2, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Rep. Randy Forbes," accessed August 8, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Randy Forbes," Accessed April 11, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Randy Forbes," Accessed September 13, 2012
  48. OpenSecrets.org "Forbes, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 7, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Sisisky
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia 4th District
Succeeded by