Forbes was the representative for Virginia’s 4th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2016.
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Forbes is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Forbes sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Forbes was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3752 (111th): Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act of 2009
- H.R. 2910 (107th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3131 South Crater Road in Petersburg, Virginia, as the “Norman Sisisky Post Office Building”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Forbes sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Forbes’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5428 (114th): Military Residency Choice Act
- H.R. 5203 (114th): Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016
- H.Res. 709 (114th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran, by failing ...
- H.R. 5034 (114th): To nullify any generalized, routine or ongoing reporting requirement imposed on a ...
- H.Res. 615 (114th): Expressing support for the Senate regarding the importance of selecting a Supreme ...
- H.Con.Res. 108 (114th): Affirming the importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human right that ...
- H.R. 3616 (114th): Defending Our Defenders Act
|Forbes’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
H.R. 2848 (113th): Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014
Sep 29, 2013. Passed 384/37.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
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H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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H.R. 1473 (112th): Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Apr 14, 2011. Passed 260/167.
From Jun 2001 to Dec 2016, Forbes missed 356 of 10,908 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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