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Virginia Foxx
Virginia Foxx.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRichard Burr (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,506,951
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ph.D.University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Personal
BirthdayJune 29, 1943
Place of birthNew York, New York
ProfessionCollege Professor, Businesswoman
Net worth$5,923,516
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Virginia Foxx (b. June 29, 1943) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 5th congressional district. Foxx was first elected to the House in 2004 for North Carolina's 5th congressional district and won re-election on November 6, 2012. Foxx is currently serving her fifth consecutive term. [1]

Foxx is set to run for re-election in North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014. She was formerly considered a potential 2014 candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina but has decided not to enter the race.[2]

Prior to her election into the House Fox served as a member of the North Carolina State Senate as well as Deputy Secretary for Management for North Carolina.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Foxx is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Foxx was born in New York, New York. She earned a B.A. and M.A.C.T. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1968 and 1972, respectively, and an Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1985.[3]

Career

After earning her degrees, Foxx was an instructor at Caldwell Community College in Hudson and North Carolina, Appalachian State University. She was also the Assistant Dean of Appalachian State University and served as President of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, from 1987 to 1994. She owned a landscape nursery and served as Deputy Secretary for Management at the North Carolina Department of Administration. She was a member of the Watauga County Board of Education from 1976 to 1988 and was a member of the North Carolina State Senate from 1994 to 2004.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Foxx serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Foxx served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Foxx 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. She 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.[8]

113th Congress

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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.[9] For more information pertaining to Foxx's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for 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.[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[13]

Economy

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

A spokesperson for Foxx said she "is focused on reopening the federal government and will not be paid until that job is done and the shutdown is resolved."[14]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Foxx voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Campaign themes

2014

Foxx's office website lists the following issues:[20]

  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "The Fifth District has a rich and deep tradition in farming and ranching. From tobacco to poultry, from soybeans to grapes, the Fifth District farmers and ranchers produce the best agricultural products in the nation and in the world. Our farmers and ranchers continue to be good stewards of the land while constantly maximizing their harvests and production with new and innovative techniques."
  • Budget and Tax Relief
Excerpt: "As American families face financial challenges and struggle to balance their checkbooks, the federal government should be doing the same. Unfortunately, in recent years, federal spending has continued to grow at an unsustainable rate."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Achieving and maintaining the highest standards in education is the key to our nation’s competitiveness in the world and our success as individuals. We must continue to teach today’s youth about the importance of a good education. If I had not applied myself and pursued a higher education, I would not be where I am today. "
  • Energy and Gas Prices
Excerpt: "As the summer months quickly approach and families start to plan vacations, our country continues to struggle with high energy costs. That is why the Democrats' cap-and-trade, or better known as cap-and-tax, energy plan is an irresponsible proposal that will do more harm than good. The simple truth behind the Democrats' energy plan is that it raises taxes, kills jobs, and will lead to more government intrusion in our lives."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Representative Foxx is committed to a full repeal of Obamacare so that an honest health care reform conversation can begin - with the American people, not Washington, leading the discussion."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Virginia Foxx endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [21]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

Foxx was considered a potential 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, but she declined to enter the race.[22][23]

2012

See also: North Carolina's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Price ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 5th District. Foxx won the nomination on the Republican ticket after running unopposed in the primary election.[24] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[25] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[25]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 42.5% 148,252
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx Incumbent 57.5% 200,945
Total Votes 349,197
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Foxx is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Foxx raised a total of $5,506,951 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[30]

Virginia Foxx's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 5) Won $972,460
2010 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 5) Won $843,579
2008 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 5) Won $1,096,759
2006 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 5) Won $1,408,198
2004 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 5) Won $1,185,955
Grand Total Raised $5,506,951

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Foxx’s reports.[31]

Virginia Foxx (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$1,455,074.42$93,050.61$(38,558.23)$1,509,566.80
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$1,509,566.80$229,255.62$(56,474.71)$1,682,074.71
Running totals
$322,306.23$(95,032.94)


2012

Breakdown of the source of Foxx's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Foxx won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Foxx's campaign committee raised a total of $972,460 and spent $721,824.[34]

Cost per vote

Foxx spent $3.60 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Foxx's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Foxx was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fourth term. Her campaign committee raised a total of $853,579 and spent $575,301.[35]
U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina's 5th Congressional District, 2010 - Virginia Foxx Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $853,579
Total Spent $575,301
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $332,361
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $322,140
Top contributors to Virginia Foxx's campaign committee
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Turkish Coalition USA PAC$10,000
Las Vegas Sands$9,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$129,799
Health Professionals$44,370
Commercial Banks$23,220
Food & Beverage$17,520
Crop Production & Basic Processing$16,500

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Foxx is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 25, 2013.[36]

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.[37]

Foxx most often votes with:

Foxx least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Foxx missed 17 of 6,459 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Apr 2013, which is 0.3% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[38]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Foxx paid his congressional staff a total of $774,922 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[39]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Foxx is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Foxx's staff was given an apparent $8,050.00 in bonus money.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Foxx's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between 2,767,032 to $9,080,000. That averages to $5,923,516, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth decreased by 0.08% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Foxx's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,755,037 to $9,102,000. This averages out to a net worth of $5,928,518.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[42]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Foxx tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 55th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Foxx was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 62nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[44]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Foxx has voted with the Republican Party 92.2% of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Foxx is married to Tom Foxx. She is a lay leader in her church and her hobbies are reading, gardening and being a grandparent to two.[46]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. The Bellingham Herald, "US Rep Virginia Foxx won't enter US Senate race," August 20, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "FOXX, Virginia Ann, (1943 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Serving North Carolina's Fifth District "Foxx House Committee Assignments"
  6. House Committee on Rules, David Dreier, Chairman "Subcommittees of the Committee on Rules"
  7. Education & The Workforce Committee, Congressman John Kline, Chairman "Members, Subcommittees & Jurisdictions"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Office website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  21. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of North Carolina Elected Officials and Leaders," January 19, 2012
  22. Southern Political Report "North Carolina: GOPers Circling Around Hagan" Accessed May 23, 2013
  23. The Bellingham Herald, "US Rep Virginia Foxx won't enter US Senate race," August 20, 2013
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
  25. 25.0 25.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Virginia Foxx" Accessed May 16, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Virginia Foxx Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Virginia Foxx April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Virginia Foxx July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Virginia Foxx 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Virginia Foxx 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 30, 2011
  36. Gov Track "Foxx" Accessed May 25, 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Virginia Foxx," Accessed August 6, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Virginia Foxx" Accessed April 2013
  39. LegiStorm, "Virginia Foxx," Accessed October 1, 2012
  40. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org "Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 2010," Accessed October 1, 2012
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  46. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, Serving North Carolina's Fifth District "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Burr
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 5
2005–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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North Carolina State Senate
1994-2004
Succeeded by
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