Edward F. Cox
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Edward F. Cox
Cox and his wife, Tricia Nixon (1972)
|Chair of the New York Republican Party|
September 30, 2009 – May 20, 2019
|Preceded by||Joseph Mondello|
|Succeeded by||Nick Langworthy|
Edward Ridley Finch Cox
October 2, 1946
Southampton, New York, U.S.
Tricia Nixon (m. 1971)
|Education||Princeton University (BA)|
Harvard University (JD)
Edward Ridley Finch Cox (born October 2, 1946) is an American attorney who is currently the chairman of the New York Republican State Committee. He is the son-in-law of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. Cox is a lawyer in the Manhattan law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.
Cox was born to Howard Ellis Cox and Anne Crane Delafield (Finch) Cox in Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York and attended Westhampton Beach Elementary School and Allen Stevenson School in New York City. He is the scion of six old American families: the Winthrops, the Finches, the Coxes, the Livingstons, the Schuylers, and the Delafields. Cox is named for his grandfather, Judge Edward R. Finch, a prominent New York jurist who served as a State Court Judge (1915–43), Presiding Justice of the State's First Department; Associate Judge on the New York Court of Appeals. His father, Howard Ellis Cox, was a decorated World War II aviator, New York lawyer, and Long Island real estate developer.
Cox graduated from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1968) and Harvard Law School (1972). Cox was battalion commander of his Army ROTC unit at Princeton, and subsequently served as a reserve officer with the 11th Special Forces Group.
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After graduating from Princeton, Cox worked with the consumer advocate Ralph Nader as a founding member of "Nader's Raiders". He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1973. In 1974, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Upon graduating from law school, Cox campaigned extensively for the reelection of his father-in-law, President Richard Nixon. After the election, he and his wife, Tricia Nixon Cox, traveled to Europe and the Soviet Union and met privately with leaders and their families.
From 1981 to 1983, Cox served in the Reagan Administration as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a government corporation, The United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation. In 1983, Cox returned to the practice of law in New York. At Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP, Cox handles corporate and finance law with experience in general representation of public and private entities, including financings, acquisitions, and joint ventures, both domestic and international. He was previously a partner at the now-defunct, old-line New York law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. Cox has served on the Commission on Judicial Nomination, as Chairman of the New York Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as Chairman of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, as a Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY), and as a director of the New York Institute for Special Education.
Cox was rumored to be considering a run for New York Governor George Pataki's seat in 2006 should Pataki not seek re-election. Pataki did not run again, but Cox later chose instead to seek the seat held by incumbent U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D) in the 2006 New York U.S. Senate election. Initial reports indicated Cox would run as a fiscal conservative and an environmentalist. However, after Governor Pataki endorsed a rival Republican, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, Cox announced on October 14 that he was no longer running.
New York Republican Party Chairman (2009–present)
- to be "a full-time chairman";
- to win election victories in the 2009 local elections;
- to re-build the state party's staff;
- to "re-establish credibility" of the state party nationally;
- to raise money;
- to recruit a "slate of candidates up and down the ballot"; and
- to win statewide elections in 2010.
In 2018, Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy began campaigning for the chairmanship of the New York State Republican Committee. On May 20, 2019, after Monroe County Republican Chair Bill Reilich announced his support for Langworthy, Cox announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy for a new term as chairman; the Democrat and Chronicle reported that Langworthy was "poised to become" the next chair of the Republican Committee. In a statement, Cox said, "'Serving as Chairman of the NYGOP over the last ten years has been one of the most rewarding chapters of my life, and I will continue to actively help elect more Republicans here in New York'". Cox added that he was joining President Donald Trump's re-election campaign. According to the Buffalo News, the leadership transition from Cox to Langworthy is expected to become official at the NYSRC's July 2019 meeting.
In 1971, Cox married Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of President Richard Nixon, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The wedding was described in Life Magazine as "a union 'akin to American royalty'" Edward and Tricia Cox have a son, Christopher Nixon Cox. They reside on Long Island, New York.
- Easthamptonstar.com: Chris Cox, Politics, Family, Legacy[dead link]
- The New York Times, April 16, 1965
- "The Groom: Ed's suitable consort". Boca Raton News. 11 June 1971. p. 7.
- "Member Profile: Mr. Edward F. Cox". Republican National Lawyers Association.
- Hernandez, Raymond; Cooper, Michael (October 15, 2005). "Pirro's Path to Republican Nomination Is Clearer". New York Times. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
- Hakim, Danny (September 29, 2009). "For Nixon In-Law, G.O.P. Post and a Giuliani Clash". New York Times. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- Freedlander, David (April 14, 2010). "Ed Cox and the Republican Restoration". Capitol News. p. 17. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "Langworthy ramps up campaign to become state GOP leader". 25 March 2019.
- "How Nick Langworthy outmaneuvered Ed Cox to lead state GOP". 20 May 2019.
- "Nick Langworthy poised to become new New York GOP chair". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
- "NY GOP Chair Ed Cox Stepping Down". www.wamc.org.
- Breidenbach, Michelle (10 September 2014). "Nixon son-in-law Ed Cox on the difference between Watergate and today's opponent bugging scandal". syracuse.com.
- "Ed Cox and the Republican Civil War". 12 April 2011.
- Callahan, Maureen (16 May 2010). "Nixon grandson Chris Cox scandalizes Long Island society".
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography from Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
- Ed Cox on The George Jarkesy Show 1.10.12
|Party political offices|
| Chair of the New York Republican Party