WASHINGTON, DC —Congresswoman Virginia Foxx‘s congressional website won a top award for online constituent communications from the non-partisan Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) last night. The honor, the Gold Mouse Award, is given to members of Congress with the best websites. Of the 435 Representatives in the House, only 21, or less than five percent, received a CMF Gold Mouse Award.
“Communicating with constituents is vital to my work in Congress and a strong online presence is more important than ever,” Foxx said. “I’m very pleased that my office’s efforts to provide constituent service that is second-to-none have not gone unnoticed.”
According to the CMF study, Foxx’s website, www.foxx.house.gov, ranked especially high for constituent service and clear information about how Congress works and what is happening in Congress. Foxx was the only member of Congress from North Carolina to receive the Gold Mouse Award.
This is the second Gold Mouse Award for Foxx’s website; she won the award in the 110th Congress. Foxx also has an active presence on Twitter (twitter.com/virginiafoxx), YouTube (youtube.com/repvirginiafoxx) and Flickr (flickr.com/repvirginiafoxx).
“Websites like Congresswoman Foxx’s serve as a prime example that we hope other congressional offices will follow,” said Beverly Bell, CMF’s Executive Director. “Congresswoman Foxx’s Web site shows that she understands how to meet the needs of her constituents online. We congratulate her for having a website that is among the best-of-the-best on Capitol Hill, and are pleased to present Congresswoman Foxx with the 111th Congress Gold Mouse Award.”
The 111th Congress Gold Mouse Awards are part of CMF’s Partnership For A More Perfect Union, which seeks to improve the quality of communication between Representatives and their constituents. For this project CMF partnered with researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern University, University of California–Riverside, and the Ohio State University to study how members of Congress can use the Internet to improve communications with their constituents and to promote greater participation in the legislative process.
The full 111th Congress Gold Mouse Project report is available on CMF’s Partnership For A More Perfect Union Web site at http://pmpu.org/wp-content/uploads/111GMP-GoldMouseAwards.pdf (Foxx rating on page 13).