John H. Cox

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John Cox
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Personal details
Born John Herman Cox
(1955-07-15) July 15, 1955 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Cox
Children 4
Education University of Illinois, Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

John Herman Cox (born July 15, 1955) is an American lawyer, accountant, businessman, broadcaster, and politician. He is active in California politics. He is a Republican candidate in the California gubernatorial election, 2018.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born on the near south side of Chicago, Illinois, Cox is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he majored in accounting and political science, and of Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago-Kent College of Law. He is married to Sarah, has four daughters, and is Roman Catholic.[2] He credits his wife with inspiring him to run for president.[3]


Cox at the 2007 Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa

In 1981, he founded a law firm specializing in corporate law and tax planning, John H. Cox and Associates Ltd. In 1985, he founded Cox Financial Group Ltd., which specializes in investment counseling, income tax planning, retirement planning, and asset protection. In 1995 he founded Equity Property Management, a real estate management firm specializing in apartment rental property.

He hosted The Progressive Conservative, a twice-weekly bought-time radio talk show on low-wattage WJJG 1530 AM in Chicago.[4] Featuring guests like Michael Moriarty,[5] its themes included criticism of trial lawyers[6] and creation of a website in March 2003 that nominated public figures (such as Janeane Garofalo, Jacques Chirac, and Martin Sheen) as "Friends of Saddam".[7]

At the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Cox was a speaker, in a debate on the issue of capital punishment.[citation needed] Cox opposes the death penalty.[citation needed]

Cox has served on a local school board and a zoning board.[citation needed]

Cox created a chapter of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide charitable organization that is dedicated to renovating homes for low-income, elderly, and disabled persons and families with children.[citation needed] Cox recruited a board and formed the "Christmas in April" North Suburban Chicago Chapter.[citation needed] He has served on the boards of charities such as the American Cancer Society,[citation needed] Boy's Hope/Girl's Hope,[citation needed] and United Charities.[citation needed] Cox currently sits on the board of the USO[citation needed] and the FireWorks for Kids Foundation.[citation needed]

Illinois political campaigns[edit]

In 2000, Cox ran for Congress in Illinois's 10th congressional district to replace retiring Congressman John Edward Porter, losing the Republican primary race to former Porter aide Mark Kirk.[citation needed]

In 2002, Cox ran for U.S. Senate in Illinois on a conservative platform, aligning himself with Reagan Republicans.[8] He lost the Republican primary with 23% to Jim Durkin. Cox later served as president of the Cook County, Illinois, Republican Party.

In 2004, Cox garnered 41.43% of the votes against long-time incumbent Democrat Eugene Moore in the Cook County Recorder of Deeds race.[9] Cox said he decided to run for the office in order to eliminate the position; he saw the office as an unnecessary duplication of services that had become a "model of waste and corruption".[10]

2008 presidential campaign[edit]

On March 9, 2006, Cox announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. president in 2008, becoming the first Republican to formally enter the 2008 presidential race.[11] He dropped out of the race later that same year, but did appear on several primary ballots.

"The Low Cost New Hampshire-Style Neighborhood Legislature Act"[edit]

In 2013 and 2015, Cox filed petitions which were accepted by California's Secretary of State to begin collecting signatures to subdivide California's existing legislative districts into 100 neighborhood districts,[citation needed] arguing that substantially smaller districts will disempower the ability of special interest groups to buy votes by donating to legislators' campaigns. However, both efforts fell short of the required amount of valid signatures to land them on the respective ballots. Cox spent in excess of $1 million to try to qualify these 2 propositions for the ballot.[citation needed]

Cox submitted an updated version of this initiative to the California Attorney General for title and summary.[citation needed] The initiative was cleared for circulation on April 28, 2017. He has hired APC of Sacramento to validate the signatures and has until Oct. 25, 2017 to qualify it for the Nov. 2018 ballot. (Signatures are being collected through this weekend in select counties.) Because it is a constitutional amendment, he needs approx. 586,000 signatures; as of June 26, he had collected 25% of the valid signatures, as reported to the California Secretary of State. The measure website can be accessed by googling 'neighborhood legislature (act).'

"California is Not for Sale"[edit]

"California is Not for Sale" was a proposed ballot initiative for the 2016 ballot that would require legislators to wear the logos of their top 10 donors on their suits when advocating for policies on the Senate or Assembly floor.[citation needed] The effort failed to qualify; it was reported that the effort gathered roughly 250,000 signatures, short of the required approx. 366,000 signatures.[citation needed] Cox took a risk by hiring long-time coordinator/signature validator Michael Rhoades--who claimed the measure was 'a slam dunk'--who had never before qualified a statewide issue. Overall, Cox spent nearly $1 million between consultants and paid signature gatherers via Rhoades..

2018 California gubernatorial election[edit]

Cox announced on March 7, 2017 that he is running for Governor of California in the 2018 election.[12]


  1. ^ Panzar, Javier. "Republican John Cox enters race for California governor". 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Nancy Frazier (2008-01-18). "The incredible shrinking field of Catholic presidential candidates". Washington Letter. Catholic News Service. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Labash, Matt (2007-05-21). "The Sane Fringe Candidate". Weekly Standard. 12 (34). Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  4. ^ Feder, Robert (2003-07-22). "Talk show hosts aim for U.S. Senate". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Michael Moriarty Unofficial, Unauthorized, Unsanctioned Home Page". 2005-09-21. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  6. ^ "The Rule of Lawyers: Author Events". Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  7. ^ "Progressive Conservative Radio Program Launches Friends of Saddam Website". Business Wire. 2003-03-23. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  8. ^ Sweet, Lynn, "Left to Chance: Republicans won’t get a double punch at the top of the ticket in November", NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS, January 1, 2002. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "Suburban Cook County Election Results". Cook County Election Department. Archived from the original on September 4, 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  10. ^ "REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE - JOHN COX". Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  11. ^ Tabor, Nathan, and Kouri, Jim (2006-05-04). "Election 2008: First Republican Announces Presidential Run". Renew America. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  12. ^ Panzar, Javier. "Republican John Cox enters race for California governor". 

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