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Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2019


These special year-end statistics cover Foxx’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Foxx’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Bills Cosponsored

the fewest bills among North Carolina Delegation

Foxx cosponsored 52 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation the fewest bills out of 13 52
413 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 2nd fewest bills out of 53 34
599 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 3rd fewest bills out of 169 34
651 bills View All
House Republicans 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 247 4
413 bills View All
Safe House Seats 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 385 4
651 bills View All
All Representatives 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

the most voting among North Carolina Delegation

Foxx missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Foxx’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
North Carolina Delegation the most voting out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 52 0
19% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most voting (tied w/ 2) out of 166 0
24% missed votes View All
Safe House Seats 22nd most voting (tied w/ 11) out of 378 0
24% missed votes View All
All Representatives 25th most voting (tied w/ 15) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

the lowest % of bills among North Carolina Delegation

Foxx tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 11% of Foxx’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
North Carolina Delegation the lowest % of bills out of 6 11
75% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th lowest % of bills out of 32 7
67% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 10th lowest % of bills out of 92 0
81% of bills View All
House Republicans 5th lowest % of bills out of 105 5
92% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 17th lowest % of bills out of 177 0
92% of bills View All
All Representatives 17th lowest % of bills out of 197 0
92% of bills View All

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Bills Out of Committee

3rd most bills among All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 11 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 38: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 42: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 78: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 125: Providing for further consideration of ...; H.Res. 152: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 255: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 421: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 444: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.Res. 461: Establishing a Select Investigative Panel ...; H.Res. 480: Providing for consideration of the ...; H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation the most bills out of 13 0
11 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 2nd most bills out of 53 0
12 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 3rd most bills out of 169 0
12 bills View All
House Republicans 3rd most bills out of 247 0
12 bills View All
Safe House Seats 3rd most bills out of 385 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives 3rd most bills out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

6th highest score among All Representatives; tied with 6 others

Foxx held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Foxx’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
North Carolina Delegation the highest score out of 13 0
6 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 5th highest score (tied w/ 4) out of 169 0
11 points View All
House Republicans 5th highest score (tied w/ 4) out of 247 0
11 points View All
Safe House Seats 6th highest score (tied w/ 5) out of 385 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 6th highest score (tied w/ 6) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Cosponsors

9th fewest cosponsors among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Foxx’s bills and resolutions had 60 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
North Carolina Delegation 3rd fewest cosponsors out of 13 38
355 cosponsors View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 9th fewest cosponsors out of 53 0
888 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 40th fewest cosponsors out of 169 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 70th fewest cosponsors out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
Safe House Seats 98th fewest cosponsors out of 385 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 120th fewest cosponsors out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

9th most bills among House Republicans; tied with 2 others

Foxx introduced 27 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation the most bills out of 13 6
27 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 1
33 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 169 1
65 bills View All
House Republicans 9th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
Safe House Seats 19th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 385 0
65 bills View All
All Representatives 19th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

11th worst score among House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
North Carolina Delegation 4th worst score out of 13
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 11th worst score out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 57th worst score out of 169
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House Republicans 76th worst score out of 247
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Safe House Seats 142nd worst score out of 385
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All Representatives 166th worst score out of 440
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Ideology Score

24th most liberal among House Republicans

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
North Carolina Delegation 4th most liberal out of 13
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House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 24th most liberal out of 53
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Serving 10+ Years 68th most conservative out of 169
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House Republicans 24th most liberal out of 247
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Safe House Seats 192nd most conservative out of 385
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All Representatives 216th most liberal out of 440
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

25th least bipartisan among Serving 10+ Years

Of the 52 bills that Foxx cosponsored, 8% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
North Carolina Delegation 3rd least bipartisan out of 13 7
32% of bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 16th least bipartisan out of 53 1
72% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 25th least bipartisan out of 169 1
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 90th least bipartisan (tied w/ 2) out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
Safe House Seats 85th least bipartisan (tied w/ 2) out of 383 0
60% of bills View All
All Representatives 91st least bipartisan (tied w/ 2) out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

62nd most bills among House Republicans; tied with 25 others

3 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; H.R. 970: Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory ...; H.R. 3178: Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
6 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 53 0
14 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 54th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 169 0
16 bills View All
House Republicans 62nd most bills (tied w/ 25) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
Safe House Seats 98th most bills (tied w/ 53) out of 385 0
16 bills View All
All Representatives 105th most bills (tied w/ 64) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Working with the Senate

67th most bills among All Representatives; tied with 60 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; H.R. 970: Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory ...; H.R. 3447: To extend the deadline for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation the most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 13 0
3 bills View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 12) out of 53 0
8 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 28th most bills (tied w/ 26) out of 169 0
10 bills View All
House Republicans 39th most bills (tied w/ 32) out of 247 0
10 bills View All
Safe House Seats 61st most bills (tied w/ 52) out of 385 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives 67th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 440 0
10 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Laws Enacted

Foxx introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
North Carolina Delegation fewest bills along with 11 others out of 13 0
1 laws View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs fewest bills along with 36 others out of 53 0
5 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years fewest bills along with 131 others out of 169 0
5 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
Safe House Seats fewest bills along with 314 others out of 385 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Foxx supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Foxx 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
North Carolina Delegation least supportive along with 4 others out of 13 0
8 points View All
House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 26 others out of 53 0
9 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 69 others out of 169 0
9 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
Safe House Seats least supportive along with 157 others out of 385 0
9 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.