Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-Banner Elk, NC) was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives today to serve the people of North Carolina's 5th Congressional District in the 113th Congress. Foxx committed to using her time in Congress to build consensus around fiscally responsible solutions to America's debt crisis that respect hardworking North Carolina families and 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 stated. "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. 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. 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."
Today Foxx also cast her vote for Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) to continue leading the House of Representatives as its Speaker. Boehner's nomination was approved by a House majority.
For the duration of the 113th Congress, Foxx will continue her service on the House Rules and Education & the Workforce Committees. On the Rules Committee, Foxx will serve as Vice Chair of the full committee. For the Education & the Workforce Committee, Foxx, a 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, Congresswoman Foxx was elected by her colleagues to serve in House leadership for the 113th Congress, in the capacity of GOP Conference Secretary.
The 5th District of North Carolina that Foxx serves in the 113th Congress is comprised of the counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Davie, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin, and portions of the counties of Catawba, Davidson, Forsyth, Iredell, and Rowan.
Downloadable, high-resolution photos of Foxx being sworn-in and signing the oath of office will be made available later today.
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.