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Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 2017 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 2017 legislative year (Jan 3, 2017-Dec 31, 2017) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 6, 2018.

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.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to North Carolina Delegation

Of the 58 bills that Foxx cosponsored, 2% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Republicans (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

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


 

Held the most committee positions compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 subcommittees, 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 (76th percentile); House Republicans (90th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Foxx introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2017. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (73rd percentile); All Representatives (79th 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.


 

Was most present in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Foxx missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 710 votes) in 2017. View Foxx’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th 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.


 

Cosponsored the 13th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Foxx cosponsored 58 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 (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); House Republicans (5th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 13 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 5 bills in 2017 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 951: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 1313: Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act; H.R. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act; H.R. 4508: PROSPER Act; H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (84th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Ranked 51st 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 2017 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (72nd percentile); House Republicans (21st percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Foxx supported any of 21 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).


 

Bills Introduced

Foxx introduced 12 bills and resolutions in 2017. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (52nd percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (53rd percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 1 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.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); House Republicans (27th percentile); All Representatives (28th percentile).

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


 

Leadership Score

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 2017 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (62nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (45th percentile); All Representatives (52nd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 3 of Foxx’s 12 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2017.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (34th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

1 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions in 2017 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. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (18th percentile); House Republicans (20th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Foxx’s bills and resolutions had 88 cosponsors in 2017. 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 (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (35th 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 2017) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.