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Virginia Foxx Congressional Candidate North Carolina District 5
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx was reelected to her fourth term to represent North Carolina’s Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives in November 2010. During her first three terms, Foxx established herself as a champion of conservative values and helped lead the national movements to reduce federal government spending and increase accountability within the federal government.
The non-partisan magazine National Journal ranked Foxx the most conservative member of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation and more conservative than 91.3 percent of all House members. She was also one of just 38 Republicans to score a 100 percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union.
Representative Foxx is a visible leader in the House Republican Conference, where she regularly takes a stand for the principles of individual freedom and limited government. She was also the first member of her 2004 class to introduce and pass a substantive bill in the House.
In 2008 Foxx successfully passed a bill to streamline the federal government and save taxpayer money. This accomplishment makes her one of the few members of Congress who took office in 2004 who got legislation signed into law in both the 109th and 110th Congresses.
Congresswoman Foxx currently chairs the House subcommittee on Higher Education. She also serves on the powerful House Committees on Rules. The Rules Committee determines what legislation comes to the floor of the House and what amendments will be allowed during floor debate.
Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Foxx spent ten years in the North Carolina Senate where she successfully sponsored several statewide and local bills and consistently voted against tax increases and for legislation that would make governments more efficient and less wasteful.
Dr. Foxx is a graduate of theUniversityofNorth CarolinaatChapel Hillwhere she received her A.B. degree in English and M.A.C.T. in Sociology. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching/Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro.
Dr. Foxx began her career as a secretary and research assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught atCaldwellCommunity College, was a sociology instructor at Appalachian State University and held several administrative positions at ASU, including Assistant Dean of theGeneralCollege. Dr. Foxx also served as Deputy Secretary for Management in the N.C. Department of Administration for Governor Jim Martin. Prior to her election to the Senate in 1994, she served as President and later a consultant atMaylandCommunity Collegefrom 1987-1994.
Representative Foxx has been active in civic and business affairs, serving on many state and national committees. She served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and was elected to three four-year terms on the Watauga County Board of Education. She was confirmed by the United States Senate for a Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council for Women’s Educational Programs. She also served on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel. Other current or former service on boards includes the Board of Directors of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, Board of Directors of the N.C. Center for Public Research, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, National Conference of State Legislatures’ Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Child Care, Charter Member of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center Board.
Dr. Foxx is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Her support forAmerica’s veterans and active-duty military is characterized by her introduction of the HERO Act, legislation that extends IRA benefits for troops serving in combat zones. She has also supported bills that expand veterans’ disability compensation and that significantly increased overall Veterans Affairs funding. Dr. Foxx has also voted in favor of honoring our nation’s fallen by prohibiting demonstrations at military funerals held at national cemeteries.
Dr. Foxx is the recipient of several state and national awards. Among those awards are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, the Family Research Council’s True Blue Award and the Alan Keith-Lucas Friend of Children Award, the highest honor granted by the North Carolina Child Care Association. She is a former Rotarian.
AtMaylandCommunity College, Dr. Foxx implemented several nationally recognized programs including a curriculum evaluation program which has been adopted by major universities. In another major success, she raised over $1 million in private funds for an on-campus, state-of-the-art child development center built by prison inmates. At ASU she implemented a model orientation/academic advising program which is still in existence.
Virginia Foxx is married to Tom Foxx. Prior to her entering Congress, the couple owned a nursery business inWataugaCounty. Dr. Foxx is a lay leader in her church and her hobbies are reading, gardening and being a grandparent to two.
Biography of Virginia Foxx from Virginia Foxx for Congress
Virginia Foxx is a strong voice for North Carolina values and is a champion of conservative ideas. She is well-known for fighting to rein in wasteful government spending, reduce the national debt and jump start economic growth. Virginia believes that we need to get government out of the way by slashing burdensome taxes and red-tape. She knows that low taxes and American innovation will put more North Carolinians back to work.
Virginia represents North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. She is a vocal leader on the issues of fiscal responsibility, government accountability and immigration reform. In 2008 she was ranked the most conservative Member of North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation by the nonpartisan National Journal and has been called one of the “best and brightest” Members of Congress by the American Conservative Union.
When she first got to Congress, Virginia demonstrated her ability to solve problems and get things done by being the first member of her congressional freshman class to introduce and pass a major bill. Her bill, which helps our men and women in uniform, was signed by President Bush on Memorial Day 2006. In 2008 she also pushed through legislation that reduces the cost of operating the federal government. Then in 2009 her legislation to halt the federal government’s massive bank bailout passed the House.
Before her election to Congress, Virginia served in the North Carolina State Senate. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Secretary for Management under Governor Jim Martin and spent twelve years on the Watauga County Board of Education.
Virginia is also a successful small-businesswoman who understands the daily challenges that face small businesses and entrepreneurs in North Carolina. She and her husband Tom established and ran a successful nursery and landscaping business in the High Country for more than three decades, which is now operated by their daughter.
Virginia spent the majority of her career educating youth from Northwest North Carolina. She served as an instructor at Caldwell Community College and as a professor and administrator at Appalachian State University. She also served as the President of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.
Virginia grew up in rural Avery County, just miles away from where she and her husband reside today. She was the first member of her family to ever graduate from high school or college. She went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in college teaching. She then received her Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Virginia and her husband, Tom, have been married for more than 40 years. The Foxxes enjoy gardening, attending church and spending quality time with their two grandchildren.