Virginia Foxx

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U.S. Representative

Virginia Foxx (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Rules
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for NC-05

Confirmed: Elizabeth Motsinger, Virginia Foxx
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for NC-05)
On the Web
Official website

Virginia Foxx is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional district of North Carolina. She was first elected in 2004.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 1 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 0 - 0/20 5 - 1/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 70 - 14/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Hurricane Katrina

In September 2005 Foxx was one of 11 members of Congress to vote against the $51 billion aid package to victims of Hurricane Katrina.[1] She cited "high potential for the waste, fraud and abuse of federal tax dollars" as her reason for opposing the aid. [2]

Healthcare Reform

Inflammatory Comments

Foxx has made several false or outrageous statements during the 2009 healthcare debate. She claimed that Republican proposals were better than those of Democrats because it would "not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.", giving the false impression that a proposal to fund counseling would give government officials power over end-of-life care.[1][2] She later argued that "we have more to fear from the potential of [ the Affordable Health Care for America Act ] passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country."[3]


Foxx, born June 29, 1943, is a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly where she represented the state's 45th Senate District. A business owner from Banner Elk, North Carolina, Foxx served a total of five terms, spanning 1995 to 2004, in the North Carolina Senate, before being elected to Congress.

Due to the highly partisan makeup of the 5th district (only the 10th district is considered more Republican), the 2004 primary quickly became "the most expensive congressional primary in the nation."[3] Foxx was the only woman in a field of eight candidates; most of her ugliest spats occurred with Vernon Robinson, also an outspoken social conservative. Robinson skewered all of his opponents as being liberals, and Foxx, one of the most conservative members in North Carolina's legislature, was attacked for being "pro-gay" and "pro-tax"[4]. Although Robinson was the highest vote-getter in the primary and heavily outspent Foxx (having raised more than $2million from out of state sources[5]), she decisively defeated him (55%-45%) in the runoff. By contrast, her general election campaign against Jim Harrell, Jr., which she won easily (59%-41%), was most cordial.

Congressional career

Foxx is proud of her conservative voting record. She posted on her home page (April 3, 2006): "United States Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.-5) is one of the nation's most conservative Members of Congress, according to National Journal. An article in the magazine's February 25th issue rates Rep. Foxx's 2005 voting record as more conservative than 91.3 percent of her colleagues." [6]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Roger Dean Sharpe to face Foxx in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Foxx retained her seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Full Sail$ 21,630
Corinthian Colleges$ 18,500
BB&T Corp$ 11,000
Cook Group$ 10,500
Autotrader.Com$ 10,400
Alex Lee Inc$ 10,000
American Bankers Assn$ 10,000
Deere & Co$ 10,000
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$ 10,000
National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Virginia Foxx
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Virginia Foxx. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1230 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2071 Fax: 202-225-2995
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District offices
  • 240 Highway 105 Extension, Suite 200 Boone, NC 28607
    Ph: 828-265-0240 Fax: (none entered)
  • 6000 Meadowbrook Mall, Suite 3 Clemmons, NC 27012
    Ph: 336-778-2290 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office


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Articles and Resources


  1. Chad Tucker, "Virginia Foxx Uses Strong Words to Oppose Health Care Reform Bill"
  2. "Rep. Foxx Says Health Care Reform Will Cause Seniors To Be 'Put To Death By Their Government'" Media Matters.
  3. "Rep. Foxx: Health Care Bill A Greater Threat Than Any Terrorist In The World" Media Matters.

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