Sean Francis Cox (born September 24, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is the older brother of Mike Cox, Michigan's Attorney General.
President George W. Bush nominated Cox to the federal bench on September 10, 2004 to fill a vacancy left by Judge Lawrence Zatkoff. Due to the opposition of Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Cox's nomination was not voted on until June 8, 2006, when he was confirmed by voice vote.
Prior to joining the federal bench, Cox was a trial judge in Michigan for the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Wayne County, Michigan. He was appointed by Governor John Engler in 1996. Before that, Cox was in private practice in Michigan from 1983-1996. Cox received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1983, and a B.G.S from the University of Michigan in 1979.
He administered the oath of office to his brother Michael on January 1, 2007. Sean Cox, Federal Oversight of Detroit Water Department As of June 14, 2014 Cox is blocking AFSCME 207, which represents workers in the Detroit Water Department from access to Michigan Employee Relations Commission. Water Department Management is forcing employees from their current bargaining units and fundamentally changing the bargaining unit. Ordinarily, this matter would be settled by presenting evidence to MERC, under the Michigan law PERA. An Unfair Labor Practice charge has been filed and the case stayed due to Federal Judge Cox's November 4, 2011 Order.
- Sean Cox at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Thomas, Ken, "Senate confirms Ludington, Cox to federal bench," Associated Press, June 8, 2006.
- Biography at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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