Dave Cox

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Dave Cox
Member of the California Senate
from the 1st district
In office
December 6, 2004 – July 13, 2010
Preceded byThomas "Rico" Oller
Succeeded byTed Gaines
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 5th district
In office
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Preceded byBarbara Alby
Succeeded byRoger Niello
Personal details
Born(1938-02-20)February 20, 1938
Holdenville, Oklahoma
DiedJuly 13, 2010(2010-07-13) (aged 72)
Fair Oaks, California
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceFair Oaks, California
Alma materUniversity of San Diego

David E. Cox (February 20, 1938 – July 13, 2010) was an American politician from Holdenville, Oklahoma. A Republican, he served as a California State Senator, representing the 1st district from December 2004 until his death in July 2010, and also served as a California State Assemblyman for the six years immediately before his Senate tenure, including three years as Assembly Republican Leader.

His district included all or portions of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Placer, Plumas, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Sacramento and Sierra Counties. He served on the following Senate committees:[1]

  • Local Government (Chair)
  • Appropriations (Vice Chair)
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Energy, Utilities and Communications
  • Health

Previously, Cox was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 5th District from December 1998 to December 2004, and serving as the Assembly Republican Leader from March 2000 through January 2004. Before this, he served on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for six years. Cox also served on the KVIE board as well as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board. Cox made an unsuccessful run for the then-6th Senate district in 1994 against veteran State Senator Leroy F. Greene.

Cox was named as the "Outstanding Senator for 2007" by the California State Sheriffs' Association.

Cox earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Diego in 1961 and a master's degree from Golden Gate University in 1983. He was married with three children, and lived in Fair Oaks.

Cox was re-elected to his second and last Senate term in 2008 with over 60% of the vote.

Cox died on July 13, 2010, following a thirteen-year-long battle with prostate cancer.[2]


  1. ^ "Committees - CA State Senator Dave Cox". California State Senate. Archived from the original on 2010-06-02.
  2. ^ "Longtime officeholder Dave Cox dies". The Sacramento Bee. July 13, 2010. Archived from the original on July 16, 2010.

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California Assembly
Preceded by
Barbara Alby
California State Assemblymember
5th district
December 7, 1998 – November 30, 2004
Succeeded by
Roger Niello
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bill Campbell
California State Assembly Republican Leader
March 26, 2001 – January 5, 2004
Succeeded by
Kevin McCarthy
California Senate
Preceded by
Thomas "Rico" Oller
California State Senator
1st district
December 6, 2004 – July 13, 2010
Succeeded by
Ted Gaines