Randy Forbes Essay

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Randy Forbes: 4th Congressional District of Virginia

POSC 320
October 24, 2013
Randy Forbes: 4th Congressional District of Virginia
James Randy Forbes, Congressman from the 4th Congressional district of Virginia has served his community, state and country for his entire life. Born February 17, 1952, in Chesapeake, Va. Randy Forbes has lived a very successful life. A family man, Forbes has been married to his wife Shirley for thirty five years and has four children, Neil, Jamie, Jordan, and Justin. A man also of religious and conservative ideals, Forbes has made a name for himself everywhere he goes. After high school, Forbes graduated valedictorian from Randolph Macon College in ...view middle of the document...

He won by a margin of 57/43% capturing eleven of sixteen voting blocks in his district. Since 2004, Forbes district has been re-sized and changed to drastically help him in his elections. The areas that Forbes represents are mostly conservative counties. The majority of the people in his district do not vote Democrat in presidential elections. There are approximately 650,000 people who live within the district. Demographically, 63% of voters are white and 33% are black. The district itself is mostly made up of rural areas with some suburban areas outlying big cities, as well as areas with waterfront and access to the seas.
Manufacturing, livestock, forestry, shipping/trade and farming are main industries within the district. Coincidently, Forbes has received plenty of support from these industries during his elections, being that he is a firm supporter of local businesses. Forbes main supporters in past elections have been retirees and Leadership PACs. In his first election Forbes raised close to 1.8 million dollars for his campaign mainly from groups like Americans for A Republican Majority and Leadership PACs. The importance of Forbes capturing this district was evident with all of the party donations that he received that year. Since then, Forbes has only raised four million in his past five elections, two of which were uncontested.
Being a man of conservative ideals, Forbes biggest priorities have been to protect and defend our nation. Forbes currently sits on two committees, House Committee on Armed Services where he chairs the Sea Power and Projection Forces subcommittee as well as the subcommittee on Readiness, and also House Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as members of the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, as well as subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He keeps close watch on these committees to watch over the Navy and Army jobs that are in the area, as well as continue to create jobs by beefing up our nation’s security.
While in office, Forbes has focused on economic recovery, health care, tax reform and government spending. He has spear headed legislation to improve efficiency in government agencies and has been named “hero of taxpayers” for his conservative tax reforms. However, many representatives in Congress do not like Forbes stubbornness. Forbes very rarely will vote against his party and doesn’t take many favors from Democrats. His no compromise attitude is looked down on by many Democrats and Republicans in the house. Over his tenure as Congressman, Forbes has also missed a lot of votes. However, many argue it’s because he’s working in his district back home. When he is voting, Forbes makes some noise. He was one of the seventeen members of Congress to vote against each stimulus and bailout package under both the Bush and Obama administrations. He also voted...

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