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House Speaker John Boehner administers the Oath of Office to Rep. Virginia Foxx. Photo submitted.



Originally published: 2013-01-04 10:09:44
Last modified: 2013-01-04 10:48:56

Virginia Foxx sworn in for fifth term

by Staff Reports

Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk was sworn in Thursday for her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican Congresswoman was re-elected in November by a wide margin over Democratic challenger Elisabeth Motsinger. She now represents North Carolina's fifth district, which includes the counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Davie, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin, plus portions of the Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell and Rowan.

During the 113th Congress, Foxx will continue serving on the Rules Committee and the Education & the Workforce Committee.

On the Rules Committee, Foxx will serve as vice chairwoman of the full committee. For the Education & the Workforce Committee, the career educator at both state and community colleges in North Carolina will again lead the Subcommittee on Higher Education.

In addition to those committee posts, Foxx was elected by her colleagues to serve as GOP Conference Secretary.

Foxx committed using her time in Congress to work toward fiscally responsible solutions to America's debt crisis that pave the way for economic growth and private sector job creation.

"Confronting America’s debt crisis head-on is the responsibility of this Congress," Foxx said. "Millions of Americans are still out of work, small businesses are struggling to create jobs and big government tax-and-spend policies aren't helping."

"This is an historic moment for our country," Foxx continued. "It is my hope that together the members of this Congress will seize the opportunity to accomplish bold, comprehensive tax and spending reforms that correct our debt mess and restore prosperity to this, the greatest nation on Earth."

"It is humbling to have been again entrusted by North Carolinians with the responsibility of representing them in Congress," Foxx said. "Not a day goes by when I am not thankful for the opportunity to serve local families and do my best to shape a more efficient, effective government on their behalf. The oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States is not one I take lightly."

The text of the Congressional Oath of Office is as follows: “I, Virginia Foxx, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

Foxx also voted Thursday for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to continue leading the House of Representatives as its speaker. Boehner’s nomination was approved by Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk was sworn in Thursday for her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican Congresswoman was re-elected in November by a wide margin over Democratic challenger Elisabeth Motsinger. She now represents North Carolina's fifth district, which includes the counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Davie, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin, plus portions of the Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell and Rowan.

During the 113th Congress, Foxx will continue serving on the Rules Committee and the Education & the Workforce Committee.

On the Rules Committee, Foxx will serve as vice chairwoman of the full committee. For the Education & the Workforce Committee, the career educator at both state and community colleges in North Carolina will again lead the Subcommittee on Higher Education.

In addition to those committee posts, Foxx was elected by her colleagues to serve as GOP Conference Secretary.

Foxx committed using her time in Congress to work toward fiscally responsible solutions to America's debt crisis that pave the way for economic growth and private sector job creation.

"Confronting America’s debt crisis head-on is the responsibility of this Congress," Foxx said. "Millions of Americans are still out of work, small businesses are struggling to create jobs and big government tax-and-spend policies aren't helping."

"This is an historic moment for our country," Foxx continued. "It is my hope that together the members of this Congress will seize the opportunity to accomplish bold, comprehensive tax and spending reforms that correct our debt mess and restore prosperity to this, the greatest nation on Earth."

"It is humbling to have been again entrusted by North Carolinians with the responsibility of representing them in Congress," Foxx said. "Not a day goes by when I am not thankful for the opportunity to serve local families and do my best to shape a more efficient, effective government on their behalf. The oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States is not one I take lightly."

The text of the Congressional Oath of Office is as follows: “I, Virginia Foxx, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

Foxx also voted Thursday for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) to continue leading the House of Representatives as its speaker. Boehner’s nomination was approved by a vote of 220-192.

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