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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.

 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (2nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); Safe House Seats (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Was most present in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation

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

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (12th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Safe House Seats (6th percentile); All Representatives (6th percentile).

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.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the lowest % of bills compared to 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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (9th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (10th percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); Safe House Seats (9th percentile); All Representatives (8th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 11 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for 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 ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (99th percentile); Safe House Seats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Held the 6th most committee positions compared to 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 »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got the 9th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to 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 »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); Safe House Seats (25th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 2 others)

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

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (91st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); Safe House Seats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Ranked the 11th bottom follower compared to 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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (19th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (30th percentile); Safe House Seats (37th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Ranked 24th most liberal compared to 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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); Safe House Seats (50th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 25th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

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

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (15th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (28th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (14th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); Safe House Seats (22nd percentile); All Representatives (21st percentile).

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


 

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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

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.


 

Working with the Senate

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 ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (71st percentile); Safe House Seats (71st percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


 

Powerful Cosponsors

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 ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Republicans (65th percentile); Safe House Seats (61st percentile); All Representatives (62nd percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Foxx supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); House Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); Safe House Seats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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.