U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk has been elected to one of the lower rungs of the House leadership.
Foxx was elected secretary of the of the House Republican Conference, one of eight positions within the conference. Foxx, who is 69, was first elected to the House in 2004. Before that she served a decade in the state Senate.
The conference helps the GOP caucus develop policy. Foxx said she was encouraged to run run by outgoing Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
She is one of four women lawmakers out of 14 spots chosen for senior leadership positions by the House and Senate GOP, according to Politico.