With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress.
“My colleagues have entrusted me with a significant responsibility, and I look forward to building on the foundation established by leaders such as John Kline and John Boehner and continuing their legacy of honest, dogged work confronting the challenges facing America’s schools and workplaces. The committee will continue to work towards fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed and employers to grow,” said Foxx. “At all times, we will strive in our service to hold government institutions to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, with a constant eye towards eliminating waste and inefficiency. Our creative, ambitious pursuit of good policy will be guided by the Constitution with solutions centered on securing and protecting access to high quality education and safe and productive workplaces for all Americans.”
“I want to congratulate Virginia Foxx on her selection to serve as the next chair of this great committee, an opportunity she has earned through many years of dedicated public service,” said Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., current chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “In recent years, we have advanced important reforms that will make a positive difference in the lives of students, workers, teachers, and employers, and Virginia has played a vital role in those efforts. I am proud of the work the committee has accomplished, and I have no doubt it will continue to deliver real results for the American people under Virginia’s strong leadership.”
An educator by trade, Foxx spent most of her career as a teacher and administrator in North Carolina’s higher education system. Her first foray into public office was service on her local school board. Prior to entering Congress, Foxx also operated an independent nursery and landscaping business with her husband Tom. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and vice chair of the House Rules Committee.