Raymond Cox

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Raymond "Ray" Cox
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 25B district
In office
Preceded by John Tuma
Succeeded by David Bly
Personal details
Born (1951-06-26) June 26, 1951 (age 66)
Stockton, California
Political party Republican Party of Minnesota
Spouse(s) Ellen (Bjork) Cox
Children 3
Residence Northfield, Minnesota
Occupation Business owner
Website http://raycox.net

Raymond "Ray" Cox (born June 26, 1951) is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 25B,[1] which includes the communities of Belle Plaine, Bridgewater, Cedar Lake, Dundas, Erin, Forest, Helena, Lonsdale, Nerstrand, Northfield, Shieldsville, Webster, Wheatland and Wheeling, as well as several townships in Rice and Scott counties just south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Cox was born in Stockton, California, to parents who were Minnesota natives. The family moved back to Minnesota when he was a young boy. He grew up in Northfield, where he graduated from Northfield High School in 1970. He attended Ripon College for two years and received his B.A. in biology (with a concentration in plant pathology) from St. Olaf College in 1974.[2]

During college, Cox began to work in construction and continued in this field after graduation. Eventually, he joined Northfield Construction Company and has been sole owner of the business since 1996.

Political career[edit]

Before his election to the Minnesota Legislature in 2002, Cox served on the Northfield City Planning Commission for five years (1978–1983) and on the Northfield Board of Education for 15 years, beginning in 1987.

Cox was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature on November 5, 2002, and served two terms (2003–2007). During that time, his committee assignments included:

  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Transportation[2]

Cox is currently a board member of the Northfield Community Action Center and Northfield Area Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Cox lives in Northfield with his wife, Ellen. They have three grown children.

Cox's great-grandfather, Edwin Cox (b. 1837), served in the Minnesota State Legislature from 1889-90 as the State Representative from District 41 (Pope County).[3] His mother, Marjorie Cox, a teacher and long time Northfield City Councilperson, ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 1978 in the old District 24A against former Minnesota Speaker of the House, Rep. Robert E. Vanasek[4]


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Preceded by
John Tuma
Minnesota House of Representatives District 25B
2003 – 2007
Succeeded by
David Bly