Foxx named as House ed committee chair

​ North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx at Mayland Community College this spring. She previously served as president of the college.​ North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx at Mayland Community College this spring. She previously served as president of the college. Photo: Office of Rep. Virginia Foxx

North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx has landed the top post on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Foxx announced Friday that she will be the committee’s chairwoman for the next session of Congress. A news release says the House Republican caucus approved her as the choice of the House Republican Steering Committee.

The committee will continue to work towards fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed and employers to grow,” Foxx said in a statement. “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.”

Foxx spent most of her career as a teacher and administrator in North Carolina’s higher education system, including president of Mayland Community College from 1987 to 1994. 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.

Early in her career, Foxx was a research assistant and then an English instructor at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and Appalachian State University before moving into university administration. In 1994 she entered into politics, serving as deputy secretary for management for Governor James G. Martin until 2004, and then serving in the North Carolina Senate.

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