FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 27, 2017
Contact: Kelly Gee | (804) 526-5135
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-66) completed requirements for seeking re-election by turning in the necessary documents on March 23rd.
Early filing for re-election highlights his considerable strength in the District. Cox turned in 72 petition forms with more than 670 signatures, five times the number required.
“I can’t say thank you enough to the 26 supporters who asked their friends and neighbors in the 66th District precincts of Chesterfield and Colonial Heights to sign a petition” Cox said. “I greatly appreciate all the support from the voters who helped by signing a petition to put my name on the ballot.”
Delegate Cox has represented the District since 1990 and has served as the House Majority Leader since December 2010. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chair of the Appropriations Committee’s Higher Education Sub-Committee, and sits on two other Appropriations Sub-Committees: Elementary and Secondary Education and Agriculture, Commerce, Technology, and Natural Resources.
As budget conferee, he’s advocated for conservative, responsibility state budgeting. He was pivotal in ensuring the 2017 budget included no fee or tax increases, eliminated almost $61 million in proposed new debt by Governor McAuliffe, and cut duplicate programs to save $2 million.
With 40% of the households in the 66th District having a veteran or military member in the family, Cox has focused on championing veterans and military issues in the House.
During his tenure, Cox has been the General Assembly’s lead supporter for veterans, military members, and their families. He has been the chief patron for over 120 military/veteran friendly pieces of legislation to include: measures to improve processing of veterans claims, construction of new veteran care centers, expansion of the Virginia War Memorial, tax relief for junior military members, establishment of Virginia’s Wounded Warrior Programs, etc.
He has also introduced many Commending Resolutions recognizing veterans who have put service above self. Most recently, he presented American Legion Auxiliary post 284 with a Commending Resolution honor their 70 years of dedicated service to the community.
As a retired government teacher from Manchester High School in Chesterfield County, Cox has worked to reduce the number of SOL’s so that our students aren’t being “taught the test.” He has worked to increase access and affordability to our state’s colleges and universities. During the 2017 session, he successfully passed legislation that restructured a 30-year old financial aid model to reward students as their progress through their career and serve more middle-income families.
He also passed legislation that created the Online Virginia Network that will increase online learning opportunities so working parents and our military personnel can finish their college degrees on their own time.
For more information on Delegate Cox’s service in the General Assembly, visit his website, www.kirkcox.com, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.