Republican Leader Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Throughout her time in Congress, Rep. Foxx has established herself as a champion of conservative values and a consistent advocate for America’s students, parents, workers, and job creators.
During the 116th Congress, Rep. Foxx served as the Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee and was selected by the House Republican Conference to continue her leadership role in the 117th Congress. Under a Democratic majority, Rep. Foxx played a pivotal role in advancing bipartisan legislation to provide critical social and nutrition services to older Americans during COVID-19 and key legislation to help combat child abuse and neglect.
During the 115th Congress, Rep. Foxx served as the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She advanced education proposals that returned decision-making power and resource flexibility to the local level while ensuring schools achieve results for taxpayers, parents, and students. She also led the Committee through the bipartisan approval of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which empowered state and local community leaders to connect workers with in-demand jobs. This bill was later signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018. As Chair, Rep. Foxx also successfully guided the Save Local Business Act through the Committee and led its passage in the House. This legislation provided local businesses and their employees much-needed relief from the Obama administration’s radical and unworkable joint employer scheme. Rep. Foxx also led the charge in rolling back several harmful Obama administration job-destroying regulations using the Congressional Review Act.
As the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Rep. Foxx led legislative efforts to modernize and reform the nation’s workforce development system. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in 2014, provided a long overdue reform of the Workforce Investment Act. WIOA, a bipartisan, bicameral compromise between the Foxx-authored SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), streamlines and improves existing federal workforce development programs and fosters a modern workforce that American businesses can rely on to compete.
Prior to representing the citizens of NC-05 in Congress, Rep. Foxx spent 10 years in the North Carolina Senate where she sponsored several statewide and local bills and voted consistently against tax increases and voted for legislation that would make governments more efficient and less wasteful.
Rep. Foxx is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her A.B. degree in English and M.A.C.T. in Sociology. She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching/Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro.
Rep. Foxx began her career as a secretary and research assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught at Caldwell Community College, was a sociology instructor at Appalachian State University and held several administrative positions at ASU, including Assistant Dean of the General College. Rep. Foxx also served as Deputy Secretary for Management in the N.C. Department of Administration for Governor Jim Martin. Prior to her election to the Senate in 1994, she served as President and later a consultant at Mayland Community College from 1987-1994.
At Mayland Community College, Rep. Foxx implemented several nationally recognized programs including a curriculum evaluation program which has been adopted by major universities. In another major success, she raised over $1 million in private funds for an on-campus, state-of-the-art child development center built by prison inmates and for scholarships. At ASU she implemented a model orientation/academic advising program which is still in existence.
Representative Foxx has been active in civic and business affairs, serving on many state and national committees. She served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and was elected to serve three terms on the Watauga County Board of Education. She was confirmed by the United States Senate for a Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council for Women's Educational Programs. She also served on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel. Other current or former service includes the Board of Directors of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Board of Directors of the N.C. Center for Public Research, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, National Conference of State Legislatures' Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Child Care, and Charter Member of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.
Virginia Foxx is married to Tom Foxx. Prior to her entering Congress, the couple owned a plant nursery business in Watauga County. Rep. Foxx is an active member in her church and her hobbies are reading, gardening, and being a grandparent to two grandchildren.