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Rep. Virginia Foxx’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Foxx’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare her to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Was most present in votes compared to North Carolina Delegation

Foxx missed 0.1% of votes (1 of 701 votes) in 2019. View Foxx’s Profile »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (3rd 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.


 

Wrote the 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 2019. 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. 50: GREAT Act; H.R. 150: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Republicans (94th percentile); All Representatives (89th 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.


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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: GREAT Act; H.R. 150: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...; H.R. 296: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition ...; H.R. 661: Protecting Life in Global Health ...

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (70th percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

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


 

Ranked the 2nd top leader 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foxx’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (85th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (83rd percentile); All Representatives (58th percentile).


 

Held the 2nd most committee positions compared to North Carolina Delegation (tied with 1 other)

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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (88th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 6th fewest bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Foxx cosponsored 45 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 (2nd percentile); House Republicans (2nd percentile); All Representatives (1st percentile).


 

Ranked 12th 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 2019 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 (67th percentile); House Republicans (6th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 27th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 20 others)

1 of Foxx’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 1819: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (31st percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 36th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 6 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 7 of Foxx’s 13 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Foxx caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); House Republicans (79th percentile); All Representatives (57th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 43rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans

Foxx’s bills and resolutions had 187 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (77th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (42nd percentile); House Republicans (78th percentile); All Representatives (56th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Foxx introduced 13 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Republicans (72nd percentile); All Representatives (51st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foxx introduced 3 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 50: GREAT Act; H.R. 150: Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements ...; H.R. 1819: War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (57th percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (66th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 45 bills that Foxx cosponsored, 40% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all North Carolina Delegation (69th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (73rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).

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


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.