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 introduce and pass a major bill. Her bill, which helps our men and women in uniform, 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 even to rein in the federal government’s massive bank bailout.
In 2012 she authored a measure to reduce the harmful impact that over-regulation has on North Carolina small businesses. Her bill to keep the federal government from running roughshod over states in the management of public lands also passed the House as part of hunters’ rights legislation this year.
Virginia is also a successful small-businesswoman who understands the daily challenges that face businesses and entrepreneurs in North Carolina. 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 from 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, Tom, have been married for nearly 50 years. The Foxxes enjoy gardening, attending church and spending quality time with their two grandchildren.