Virginia Foxx (born June 29, 1943) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 5th congressional district, serving since 2005. She is a member of the Republican Party. The district takes in much of the northwestern portion of the state and a portion of Winston-Salem.
Early life, education and career
Foxx was born in The Bronx, New York. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a bachelor's degree. She later earned a master's and doctoral degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Foxx worked as a research assistant at UNC and later became a professor at Appalachian State University.
She was an English professor before moving into university administration. From 1987 until her 1994 entry into politics, she was president of Mayland Community College.
North Carolina State Senate
From 1994 to 2004, Foxx served in the North Carolina Senate.
United States House of Representatives
In September 2005, Foxx was one of 11 members of Congress to vote against the $51 billion aid package to victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was also one of only 33 Republicans to vote against the extension of the Voting Rights Act in July 2006.
The first bill sponsored by Foxx to have been signed into law since 2006, the Hero Act, signed by President Bush on Memorial Day, 2006, allows U.S. troops to increase their retirement savings by investing a portion of their combat pay into Individual Retirement Accounts.
The second bill sponsored by Foxx and subsequently signed into law is the Electronic Pay Stub Act which gives federal employees the choice of receiving their pay stubs electronically. This legislation is projected to save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Studies have shown that it costs 10 times more to purchase and distribute paper stubs than it does to distribute electronic stubs. This bill was signed into law in October, 2008.
When commenting on the House version of the reform bill that funds counseling for end-of-life issues, Foxx said, "Republicans have a better solution that won't put the government in charge of people's health care," and "(The plan) is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government." She later said 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."
Virginia Foxx is a member of Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans since 2005. Her son-in-law is a Turkish businessman, Mustafa Özdemir.
After 5th District Congressman Richard Burr decided he would run for the United States Senate, Foxx was first to join the race for congressman. North Carolina's 5th district is highly partisan. Because of this, the race quickly became one of the most expensive and nastiest in North Carolina's history.
In a field of eight candidates; Foxx had her nastiest arguments with Winston-Salem city councilman Vernon Robinson.
Robinson tarred her and the other candidates as liberals, even though Foxx was one of the most conservative members of the state legislature. He attacked Foxx claiming she had taken money from a gay rights group. Foxx stated that the group gave her a small donation during her campaign for the state Senate, but did not give her any more money after they saw her voting record. Although Robinson was the highest vote-getter in the primary, Foxx was still able to defeat him (55%-45%).
In contrast to the primary, her general election campaign against Jim Harrell, Jr., which she easily won (59%-41%), was more cordial.
Foxx was briefly targeted for defeat in the 2006 elections, but the Democrats' top choice, popular Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines, decided not to run. Joines later said that he didn't have the stomach for the kind of race he felt it would take to defeat Foxx.
Her 2006 opponent was Roger Sharpe, who was defeated. Roy Carter of Ashe County, North Carolina was Foxx's opponent for her seat in the 2008 election; she won by a substantial margin.
In November 2010, Foxx was reelected with about 65% of the vote.
January 9th, 2012