Delegate Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and twelve precincts in Southern/Western Chesterfield County.
On December 5, 2010, the House Republican Caucus elected Kirk to serve as the House Majority Leader, the second highest leadership position in the House of Delegates. Speaker Howell has noted, “Kirk is a tremendous asset to the strong Republican Majority in the House and a leader on the issues that affect the people of the 66th District.”
In addition to his new role as Majority Leader, Kirk serves on the House Appropriations Committee, the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Higher Education Subcommittee, and a Budget Conferee. He sits on two additional Appropriations Subcommittees- the Agriculture, Commerce, Technology, and Natural Resources Subcommittee; and the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Subcommittee. He serves with other senior lawmakers on the Rules Committee, where he serves as Vice Chairman, and on the Joint Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.
Kirk has worked tirelessly to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family through his leadership efforts on a wide variety of issues important to his constituents. A champion of quality public education, improved veteran services, support for citizens with disabilities, increased economic development opportunities, and job creation, Kirk has successfully advanced several legislative initiatives in recent sessions. He credits many of his major legislative successes to the suggestions made by constituents and their impressive presentations to key legislators and a score of committees. In particular, he is grateful for constituents who have proposed and testified for legislation to help support our military and veteran communities, provide better services to our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities, and improve our environment. For Kirk, one of the most satisfying aspects of being a member of the House is to recognize the important contributions to a better Virginia made by individuals and organizations in the 66th District, and he has sponsored many commending resolutions to recognize their achievements.
Kirk has a strong record of achievement in a number of areas, including reducing unnecessary government spending, creating Virginia jobs, helping our veterans, supporting our families, and protecting our environment.
A graduate of Colonial Heights High School, Kirk holds a B.S. in both Political Science and General Social Science from James Madison University. He is a retired government teacher with 30 years in-classroom experience. Kirk lives in Colonial Heights with his wife, Julie Kirkendall Cox, and four sons, Lane Kirkland Cox, Carter Adkins Cox, Blake Patterson Cox and Cameron Reagan Cox. The Coxes are members of Colonial Heights Baptist Church where he has served as a Deacon. Kirk is active in the Colonial Heights community serving as a youth baseball coach for 14 years.
Delegate Kirk Cox’s Committees, Boards, and Commissions
- Majority Leader
- Member of Speaker’s Leadership Team
- House Republican Caucus Police Committee Chairman
- Appropriations Committee
- Chairman, Subcommittee on Higher Education; Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Commerce, Technology, and Natural Resources; Member, Subcommittee on Elementary & Secondary Education
- Member of House Rules Committee
- Member, Special Ethics Subcommittee
- Member of Joint Rules Committee
- Member of Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
- Treasurer/Finance Committee Chairman, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
- Chairman of Jamestown-Yorktown Education Trust
- 2019 Commemoration Task Force Co-Chair, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
- Chairman of the World War II 75th Anniversary Commemorative Commission
- Chairman of Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Children
- Member of Major Employment and Investment Projects Approval Commission
- Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future
- Member of the Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
- Member of the Legislative Support Commission
Recognition for Outstanding Legislative Achievements
- Legislator of the Year:
- Family Foundation – (1997 & 2000)
- Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (2003)
- Virginia Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) (2006)
- Virginia State Police Association (2007)
- The Arc of Virginia – Advocate of the Year (2008)
- Virginia Council for Private Education (2008)
- Virginia Economic Developers Association (2009)
- Chesterfield County Economic Development (2009)
- Treasurer’s Association of Virginia (2009)
- Association of Planning District Commissions (2013)
- Virginia Funeral Directors Association (2016)
- Colonial Heights Jaycees – Outstanding Young Citizen (1996)
- Department of the Army – Public Service Award/Medal (1998)
- Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Award (1998)
- Selective Service Meritorious Service Award/Medal (2002)
- Virginia National Guard Medal of Merit (2004)
- State American Legion Distinguished Service Award (2005)
- State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Support Award (2005 & 2007)
- Joint Leadership Council – Veterans Services Organizations Service Award (2006 & 2008)
- Collaborations (Brain Injuries) Leadership Award (2007)
- VA Assembly of Independent Baptists Commendation (2007)
- National Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) President’s Award – Exceptional Leadership – Meritorious Service (2008)
- Greater Richmond Arc – Recognition – Compassionate Service (2008)
- Virginia Brain Injury Council of Department of Rehabilitative Services – “Toggle” Award (2009)
- Faith Baptist Church – Community Heroes Award (2009)
- Chesterfield County – Resolution for Economic & Community Development Spt. (2009)
- Virginia Council of Chapters MOAA – Outstanding Service Award (2011)
- Virginia Chamber Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business Award (2012)
- Virginia Chamber Champion of Free Enterprise Award(2013)
- Virginia Chamber Excellence in Education and Workforce Training Award (2013)
- The Arc Catalyst for Change Award (2013)
- Virginia Chamber Champion of Free Enterprise Award (2014)
- Virginia Chamber Military and Veterans Affairs Advocate Award (2014)
- Virginia Chamber Military and Veterans Affairs Advocate Award (2015)
- Virginia Chamber Business Advocate of the Year (2016)
- Virginia Chamber Economic Competitiveness Award (2016)
Creating Virginia Jobs
Kirk understands the vital importance of helping businesses create new jobs. He has worked to help bring new businesses and new jobs to the Commonwealth. In 2015, he sponsored successful legislation that ensured a $2 billion investment by a manufacturing company and creation of at least 2,000 full-time jobs in Chesterfield. Additionally, his amendment included in the final budget to support Lighthouse Labs VCU business accelerator will help central Virginia recruit more high growth startup businesses, promote job creation and capital investment in our region, and support our overall efforts to grow a skilled workforce for some of the most highly demanded fields in the private sector.
Overall, Kirk understands that the General Assembly needs to support legislation that will improve economic growth, create private sector jobs, and significantly decrease regulatory burdens on our small businesses.
Reducing Unnecessary Government Spending
Kirk believes strongly in the philosophy that government should only focus on the core functions of government. Nowhere is this more evident than when he is working on the state budget. During his tenure as member of the House Appropriations Committee and Budget Conferee, the state’s general fund spending has decline by 5 percent, when you adjust for inflation and population change, from fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2015.
He has also helped lead the effort to cut spending within the state legislature. Since 2010, the legislative branch has returned over $19 million in savings to the general fund. Since 2003, the House of Delegates alone has returned over $5 million in savings. By focusing on passing conservative, responsible, and most importantly, balanced budgets, Kirk’s leadership has helped to put Virginia in a position to succeed moving forward.
Promoting a World Class Education
As a retired 30 year in-classroom public teacher and father to 4 boys, Kirk believes that a strong education system is critical to protecting Virginia’s status as one of the nation’s best states for business. Kirk’s vision for K-12 education is rooted in increased accountability and encouraging innovation in the classroom. Not only has he supported increased funding targeted to classrooms, not additional school bureaucracy, but he’s co-patroned legislation adding more school choice options and reducing the number of SOL tests. In 2013, Kirk carried successful legislation that rewards teachers for their hard work by establishing a $7.5 million strategic compensation fund to award competitive grants to local school divisions that implement a compensation system for outstanding teachers.
In the higher education arena, as Chairman of the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee, he has prioritized making Virginia colleges and universities more affordable and accessible. In 2015, through work in his subcommittee, the budget included support for an additional ~2,100 additional in-state enrollment slots and added $10.1 million in additional financial aid money. Kirk also successful carried legislation that would further hold down college costs by capping athletic fees at Virginia schools.
Helping Our Veterans
A strong supporter of the military and veterans, Kirk has introduced over 110 pieces of legislation in support of veterans, the military, and their families. Kirk has worked over the years to fund the establishment and expansion of a Veterans Care Center in Richmond, the expansion of a center in Salem, and the establishment of a future center in Hampton Roads. He led the effort to secure funding for the expansion of the Virginia War Memorial and its new Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Wing. Kirk has supported Virginia’s wounded service members and veterans by sponsoring legislation and budget amendments for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. To ensure veterans receive their earned benefits, he has fought to increase the number of authorized veterans’ claims officers and to invest in the development of an automated claims systems that will greatly speed the process that can take more than a year.
Supporting Our Families
Kirk has taken the lead on legislation that supports family values and has worked to help our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities. Kirk has worked closely with The Family Foundation to advance pro-life initiatives. He has also worked to support our fellow citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For the last several years, in conjunction with the Arc of Virginia, a capstone organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Kirk has carried budget amendments to increase the ID/DD waiver slots so individuals can receive the care they need and provide funding to increase community-based services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has also supported legislation that cracks down on the use of synthetic marijuana by working hard to restrict the sale of these dangerous drugs.
Protecting Our Environment
Kirk, a past Chairman and member of the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, has been a leader for legislation to protect the environment. He supported the need for funding to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. In 2013, he carried a $5 million budget amendment to raise the reservoir level of Lake Chesdin. This project increased Lake Chesdin’s storage capacity by 1.9 billion gallons, 20% of reservoir volume, and help improve the availability of water in our area. In 2009, he introduced legislation to help protect children and pets from accidentally ingesting anti-freeze. His bill requires all anti-freeze manufactured and sold in Virginia to contain a bittering agent to deter children and pets from consuming anti-freeze.