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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. He 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 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.[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 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.[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]


Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Forbes voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, 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.[12]

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.[15]

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.[16] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[16] Forbes was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[16]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[17]

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.[16] 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.[16] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[16]

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.[18] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[19]


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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Forbes has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Forbes was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in the 107th Congress, which was from 2001 to 2003.[25] Congressman Forbes has served on the committee continuously throughout his entire Congressional career.[26][27][28][29]


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."[30]

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..."[31]



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 did not face a primary challenger. 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.[32][33][34]

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.[41]

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.[42]


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.[48]

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.[49]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[50] Between 2004 and 2012, Forbes' net worth increased by 436.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Randy Forbes Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:436%
Average annual growth:55%[51]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[53]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

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.[57]


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.[58]

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.[59]


Forbes and his wife, Shirley, have four children.[60]

Recent news

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See also

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," accessed March 3, 2013
  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. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  17. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Vote Smart, "Forbes on agriculture," accessed October 15, 2013
  19. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Forbes' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Forbes on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Government Printing Office, "Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves (See Page ii)," September 19, 2002
  26. Government Printing Office, "Balanced Budget Amendment (See Page ii)," March 6, 2003
  27. Government Printing Office, "Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005 (See Page ii)," February 17, 2005
  28. Government Printing Office, "Proposed Immigration Fee Increase (See Page ii)," February 14, 2007
  29. House Judiciary Committee, "109th Congress-Members"
  30. Politico, "Rep. Randy Forbes: Deny money to gay candidates," accessed December 5, 2013
  31. Randy Forbes Congress, "Issues," accessed September 20, 2012
  32. Independent-Messenger, "Forbes has primary challenger," April 27, 2012
  33. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named results
  34. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. "Our Campaigns," Special Election results, accessed April 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Randy Forbes," accessed April 4, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Forbes Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  48. Open Secrets, "Forbes Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Randy Forbes 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 7, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "Forbes, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  52. 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.
  53. GovTrack, "Forbes," accessed July 2, 2013
  54. OpenCongress, "Rep. Randy Forbes," accessed August 8, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "Randy Forbes," accessed April 11, 2013
  56. LegiStorm, "Randy Forbes," accessed September 13, 2012
  57. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  58. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 7, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Norman Sisisky
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia 4th District
Succeeded by