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Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Foxx’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Introduced the most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx introduced 32 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); House Republicans (91st percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the fewest bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx cosponsored 71 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); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to North Carolina Delegation

Of the 71 bills that Foxx cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (11th percentile); House Republicans (25th percentile); All Representatives (14th percentile).

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


 

Got the 4th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx’s bills and resolutions had 110 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. 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 (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).


 

Ranked the 4th bottom/follower compared to North Carolina Delegation

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 the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); House Republicans (28th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 4th fewest bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 4 of Foxx’s 32 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (35th percentile); House Republicans (31st percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 6th most often compared to All Representatives

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 15 bills in the 114th Congress 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.Res. 706: Providing for consideration of the …; H.Res. 822: Providing for consideration of the …; H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency …; H.R. 3178: Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education …; H.R. 3447: To extend the deadline for …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); House Republicans (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Held the 4th most committee positions compared to House Republicans (tied with 4 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 (96th percentile); House Republicans (97th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Ranked 23rd most politically left 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 the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (23rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (62nd percentile); House Republicans (9th percentile); All Representatives (49th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 45th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 17 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 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 …; H.J.Res. 95: Providing for congressional disapproval under …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (68th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (72nd percentile).

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


 

Laws Enacted

Foxx introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress 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 …; H.J.Res. 95: Providing for congressional disapproval under …

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (56th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (60th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Foxx missed 2.3% of votes (31 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Foxx’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Foxx supported any of 40 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); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 the 114th Congress) 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.