Cox to seek re-election
– House leader and leading veteran/military supporter seeks reelection to House of Delegates –
House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-66) completed requirements for running in the Republican Primary by turning in the necessary documents on March 11th. Republicans approved a primary nomination process to select their candidate for the 66th House District in the November General Election. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates and all 40 Virginia Senate seats are up for re-election.
Early filing for re-election assures Cox will be listed first on the primary ballot and shows his considerable strength in the District. Cox turned in 65 petition forms with more than 875 signatures, seven times the number required and the most petitions he has ever submitted.
“I can’t say thank you enough to the 43 supporters who asked their friends and neighbors in the 66th District precincts in Chesterfield County and in 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. I marvel that our folks where able to do this during the time we had more snow in our area in over a decade.”
With 40 percent 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. The 66th District is also adjacent to two major military installations – Fort Lee and the Defense Supply Center, Richmond.
During his time in the General Assembly, Cox has been chief patron for over 110 pieces of legislation supporting veterans, the military, and their families. In recognition of his strong support, Cox has been named “Legislator of the Year” by many of Virginia’s veterans’ services organizations.
In his most recent veteran/military support effort, Cox was a prominent speaker at a January 2015 Army Listening Session at Fort Lee that got local views on the impact of the Fort’s potential personnel reductions that could affect 9,000 people and reduce the local economy by $581 million. Cox used his time before Pentagon representatives to detail the strong support Virginia has given Fort Lee, much of which was initiated by his legislative efforts.
In his remarks he stressed, “We want our armed services personnel to know that Virginia will be a strong partner that will work to support your efforts, maintain a strong and secure off base environment with a good quality of life, and fine schools for military children. Like the military, Virginia knows that a good family environment is essential for good morale.”
In the 2015 Session, Cox was the Chief Parton for one of the Session’s top veterans’ objective – the building of two additional 230-bed veterans care centers. The centers are paid for by 65% federal funds and 35% state funds that were re-authorized in this year’s General Assembly Session. During the Session, Cox held an important press conference at the Virginia Capitol with US Congressmen and Armed Service Committee members Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman and key Delegates to emphasize the need for prompt federal funding approval.
Cox, as Majority Leader and a budget conferee, played a leading role in a very productive 2015 legislative session that produced a conservative, balanced budget on time with no tax increases and spent $1 billion less than the enacted 2014 budget. The budget eliminates $11.7 million in fees, and $33 million in new debt proposed by Governor McAuliffe. In addition, the “Rainey Day Fund” was increased by $129.5 million that will be available for hard economic times.
Cox was also key to the success of House Republican Session efforts focused on creating jobs, improving K-12 education, making college more affordable, and protecting our most vulnerable. With rising college costs nationwide and Virginia students borrowing $1 billion a year for college, Cox led the efforts to curb excessive athletic fees that can add significant dollars to a student’s tuition bill each year.
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.
Cox is a retired high school government teacher with 30 years in-classroom teaching experience. He has put that experience to good use at the state level chairing a K-12 Education Reform Summit that brought together legislative, business, education, and community leaders to formulate improvements in the elementary and secondary education process. For more information on Delegate Cox’s service in the General Assembly, visit his website www.kirkcox.com.