Rep. Foxx to visit city

By Tom Joyce -


Fifth District Rep. Virginia Foxx, who serves Surry County in Congress, is scheduled to visit Mount Airy next Thursday — but that will be limited to one appearance at a local school, according to Foxx’s office in Washington.

Foxx, a Republican who has long represented North Carolina’s Fifth District — which Surry has rejoined within the past year after a brief time in Rep. Mark Walker’s Sixth District — will be at Jones Intermediate School on Riverside Drive Thursday afternoon.

Plans call for the congresswoman from Boone to visit classes at the campus, according to Carrie Venable, a city schools spokeswoman.

Foxx also will meet with fifth-grade students to discuss how government works.

Her appearance is coming during a two-week recess of Congress, a time when federal lawmakers normally make the rounds in their respective districts to visit schools or businesses and conduct town hall meetings.

However, Jones Intermediate School will be Foxx’s only stop in Surry County next Thursday, Sheridan Watson, a member of her congressional staff in the capital, confirmed this Thursday.

A check of Foxx’s official website revealed no other scheduled visits to the county during the two-week recess.

“That’s all that’s on the calendar at the moment,” Watson added regarding the Jones Intermediate School appearance. “However, it’s always changing/being updated.”

Foxx recently has been in the news for introducing a controversial bill that would allow employers to acquire genetic information about workers and their families in order to reduce employees’ health insurance premiums.

Superintendent sparks visit

The catalyst for Foxx’s lone scheduled stop in Mount Airy next Thursday was an earlier meeting with Dr. Kim Morrison, the superintendent of Mount Airy City Schools, Venable explained.

Foxx requested a visit to city schools when Morrison was in Washington in February for the National Magnet Schools of America Conference. Morrison serves on the board of directors of that organization.

The local superintendent also met with Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education in the Trump administration, and staff members from the office of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).


By Tom Joyce

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