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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6365

Address: 2135 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (757) 382-0080

Address: 505 Independence Parkway, Chesapeake VA 23320-5178

Chesterfield VA

Phone: (804) 318-1363

Fax: (804) 318-1013

Address: 9401 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield VA 23832-6685

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Gilmore, Dee
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Williams, Diana
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Vitale, Amy
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Byrd, Curtis
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Randy Forbes Biography
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  • Elected: June 2001, 6th full term.
  • District: Virginia 4
  • Born: Feb. 17, 1952, Chesapeake
  • Home: Chesapeake
  • Education:

    Randolph-Macon Col., B.A. 1974, U. of VA, J.D. 1977

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1977-2001.

  • Political Career:

    VA House, 1989-97; VA Senate, 1997-2001.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Shirley); 4 children

Republican Randy Forbes, who came to office in a June 2001 special election, is a Sunday school teacher who founded the Congressional Prayer Caucus. He also is a defense hawk who in 2013 became chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower. Read More

Republican Randy Forbes, who came to office in a June 2001 special election, is a Sunday school teacher who founded the Congressional Prayer Caucus. He also is a defense hawk who in 2013 became chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower.

Forbes grew up in Chesapeake, majored in government at Randolph-Macon College, and graduated from the University of Virginia law school. He started a law firm in Chesapeake that later merged with a larger one in Norfolk. His first job in politics was as an aide to a Democratic member of the House of Delegates from Chesapeake. When his boss retired in 1989, Forbes ran and won the seat as a Republican. Four years later, when Republicans were still in the minority, he became the party’s floor leader. In 1997, he was elected to the state Senate. Forbes was a classmate and friend of Govs. George Allen and Jim Gilmore in law school, and in 1996, Allen made him state Republican chairman. In that job, he helped engineer the historic Republican 1997 sweep of all three statewide offices.

When 10-term Democratic Rep. Norman Sisisky died after cancer surgery in 2001, national and state Republican leaders asked Forbes to run for the competitive seat. He was nominated at a party convention and then caught a break when the strongest Democrat, Sisisky’s son, Mark, declined to run. Democrats chose state Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth, an African-American who held a majority-black seat. Both national parties and their interest-group allies spent heavily on the race. Republicans attacked Lucas for opposing repeal of the sales tax on non-prescription drugs and for supporting a gasoline tax increase. Democrats criticized Forbes for his position in support of President George W. Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security. Lucas carried Portsmouth 63%-37%. But Forbes won in more populous Chesapeake, 61%-39%, and in rural counties for an overall victory of 52%-48%.

In the House, the conservative Forbes generally deviates from the party line on major legislation when he deems it too costly for the government. He has repeatedly pushed a bill that would adjust lawmakers’ salaries to correspond with federal spending, so that if spending was increased by 10%, their pay would be cut by that amount. He had led an effort to halt the removal of references to God in public dialogue. Emphasizing the importance of “In God We Trust” as the national motto, he noted that President Barack Obama, during a 2010 Indonesia trip, said that the national motto is “E Pluribus Unum.” After the House passed his resolution in November 2011 on a 396-9 vote, Obama retorted that lawmakers had more important things to do. “That’s not putting people back to work,” he said of the measure.

On Armed Services, Forbes is the Seapower Subcommittee chairman. He sharply rebuked the Pentagon in February 2013 for what he said was its unwillingness to disclose the impact of steep automatic budget cuts that kicked in after Congress was unable to reach a long-term spending deal. He earlier fought the Obama administration over its plans to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, attaching a provision to a House-passed spending bill in February 2011 that delayed the move. He was part of the Virginia delegation’s efforts to try to stop the Navy’s plans to shift an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Jacksonville, Fla. He has cited China’s increasing economic and military strength as a reason for a U.S. military buildup. “If they (the Chinese) perceive a power vacuum, they get more bold,” he told a Hampton Roads audience in January 2011. Forbes is also interested in energy issues. He introduced a bill in 2011 calling for a new Manhattan Project of scientists to make the United States free of foreign oil within two decades.

In 2008, Forbes was held to a 60%-40% reelection victory against poorly-funded Democrat Andrea Miller, a former regional director for MoveOn.org who benefited from the local strength of Obama and Senate candidate Mark Warner. He had an easier time in 2010, winning 62%-37% over retired physician Wynne LeGrow. Republican redistricters provided him with some help in 2012 by moving black-majority Petersburg into Democrat Bobby Scott’s 3rd District, and Forbes dispatched Democrat Ella Ward, 57%-43%.

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Randy Forbes Election Results
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2012 General
Randy Forbes (R)
Votes: 199,292
Percent: 57.02%
Ella Ward (D)
Votes: 150,190
Percent: 42.98%
2012 Primary
Randy Forbes (R)
Votes: 26,294
Percent: 89.71%
Bonnie Girard (R)
Votes: 3,017
Percent: 10.29%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%), 2008 (60%), 2006 (76%), 2004 (64%), 2002 (98%), 2001 special (52%)
Randy Forbes Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 40 (L) : 59 (C) 27 (L) : 71 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 39 (L) : 60 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 34 (L) : 60 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 32.8 (L) : 67.2 (C) 24.0 (L) : 76.0 (C) 24.7 (L) : 75.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV146
CFG6469
ITIC-82
NTU7272
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ACLU-0
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ADA50
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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