Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005, representing North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. She ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in her highly Republican district.
From 1995 until 2005, Foxx was a member of the North Carolina State Senate. With a doctoral degree in higher education, she taught at various institutions and served as president of Mayland Community College for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She now serves as the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Foxx describes herself as “a champion of conservative values” and has earned a 96% lifetime approval rating from the American Conservative Union. In 2009, she drew widespread condemnation when she labeled the brutal hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard for being gay “a hoax.” That same year, she caused another stir by using a racial slur when saying in reference to the federal bailout of American International Group (AIG), “Democrats have a tar baby on their hands.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Foxx helped spread the Big Lie, objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Foxx joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Foxx opposed impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol and fanning the flames once the riot broke out. She criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the proceedings, calling her “march towards this ‘snap’ process” a violation of “House rules, all known precedents, principles of due process and rights to a trial” and adding that it “could possibly run afoul of the Constitution.”
- Foxx voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 6, 2020, just days after the election and right before President Biden declared victory, Foxx released a statement questioning the integrity of the process, writing: “Transparency in free and fair elections has always been an underpinning in elections past, and 2020 is no different. The American people deserve certainty that their votes count, and that their voices will not be rendered mute.”
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Foxx signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- On Jan 7, 2021, Foxx explained her vote to reject certain Electoral College electors by following the GOP playbook of citing constitutional concerns regardless of their validity in terms of the 2020 presidential election process. “January 6th was a day of significance not only for the United States, but also for the entire world,” she wrote in a prepared statement. “Throughout the day, my focus was on my oath to the Constitution and preserving the promise of the United States. When I made my decision to object, I did so out of an abiding respect for the Constitution—the founding document that has been cemented in this great Republic for more than 230 years…. In the case of Pennsylvania, I could not vote in good conscience to certify electors from the state given the blatant contravention of state law that occurred.”
- Despite her professed concerns about election integrity and adherence to the Constitution, in September 2022 Foxx joined all but nine House Republicans in voting against the Presidential Election Reform Act meant to ensure the peaceful transition of power from one presidential administration to the next.
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