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Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from North Carolina's 5th District
Republican
Serving Jan 4, 2005 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Foxx’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare her to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got their bills out of committee the most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 10 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 685: Electing Members to certain standing ...; H.Res. 710: Electing a Member to a ...; H.Res. 835: Supporting robust relations with the ...; H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; 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.R. 4887: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...; H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (92nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (87th percentile); House Republicans (84th percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

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 (77th percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (89th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to North Carolina Delegation

Of the 74 bills that Foxx cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st 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.


 

Was most present in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Foxx’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (1st percentile); All Representatives (1st 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 influential cosponsors the 2nd most often compared to North Carolina Delegation

4 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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.Res. 835: Supporting robust relations with the ...; H.R. 50: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency ...; H.R. 3851: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act; H.R. 4508: PROSPER Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (50th percentile); House Republicans (62nd percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Foxx introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. 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.R. 951: To extend the deadline for ...; H.J.Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Republicans (53rd percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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.


 

Cosponsored the 15th fewest bills compared to All Representatives

Foxx cosponsored 74 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 (3rd percentile); House Republicans (4th percentile); All Representatives (3rd percentile).


 

Ranked 25th 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 the 115th Congress 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 (63rd percentile); House Republicans (10th percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 25th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 16 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Foxx supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Foxx 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Foxx sponsored H.R. 4887: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...

Foxx cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 4631: Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (91st percentile); House Republicans (89th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Foxx introduced 16 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (40th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (41st 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 (8th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (9th percentile); House Republicans (16th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

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


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Foxx’s 16 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Foxx caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (38th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (44th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (45th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Foxx’s bills and resolutions had 214 cosponsors in the 115th 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 (46th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (58th percentile); All Representatives (48th percentile).


 

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 the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (58th percentile); House Republicans (55th percentile); All Representatives (63rd 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 the 115th Congress) 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.