Virginia Foxx is a strong voice for North Carolina values and is a champion of conservative ideas. She is well-known for fighting to rein in wasteful government spending, reduce the national debt and jump start economic growth. Virginia believes that we need to get government out of the way by slashing burdensome taxes and red-tape. She knows that low taxes and American innovation will put more North Carolinians back to work.
Virginia represents North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. She is a vocal leader on the issues of fiscal responsibility and government accountability as well as on the need to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The nonpartisan National Journal has ranked her as the most conservative Member of North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation and American Conservative Union called her one of the “best and brightest” Members of Congress.
When she first arrived in Congress, Virginia got to work solving problems by being the first member of her congressional freshman class to author major legislation that was signed into law. Her bill, which helps our military servicemembers, was signed by President Bush on Memorial Day 2006. Since then, she’s pushed through legislation to reduce the cost of operating the federal government and rein in the federal government’s massive bank bailout.
In 2014 Virginia authored and helped pass into law legislation (known as the SKILLS Act) to overhaul and streamline programs for helping workers build the skills they need for good 21st century jobs. The SKILLS Act slashes unnecessary bureaucracy and cuts wasteful spending and will put more people back to work by helping them gain new skills for the kind of high-demand jobs that many employers are struggling to fill.
She also authored two other bills which were passed by the House of Representatives in 2014. The Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act aims to help students make informed decisions when choosing a college. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act requires federal bureaucrats to consider and disclose the costs of proposed regulations, increasing both transparency and accountability.
Virginia is also a successful small businesswoman who understands the daily challenges that employers and entrepreneurs in North Carolina face. She and her husband, Tom, established and ran a successful nursery and landscaping business in the High Country for more than three decades, which is now operated by their daughter.
Virginia spent the majority of her career educating youth in Northwest North Carolina. She served as an instructor at Caldwell Community College and as a professor and administrator at Appalachian State University. She also served as the President of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.
Virginia grew up in rural Avery County, just miles away from where she and her husband reside today. She was the first member of her family to ever graduate from high school or college. She went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in college teaching. She then received her Doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Virginia and her husband have been married for nearly 50 years. The Foxxes enjoy gardening, attending church and spending quality time with their two grandchildren.