Ricky Lee Cox

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Ricky Lee Cox
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives for Adair and Taylor counties
In office
January 1997 – December 2000
Preceded by Ray H. Altman
Succeeded by Russ Mobley
Personal details
Born (1958-07-06) July 6, 1958 (age 60)
Taylor County, Kentucky, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jenny L. Smith Cox
Relations Nancy Cox (sister)
Children Emily Cox (Miss Kentucky)
Evan L. Cox
Evily Cox
Residence Campbellsville, Kentucky
Occupation Dentist
Cox is presumably the only member of the Kentucky House of Representatives to have had both a sister and a daughter crowned as Miss Kentucky.

Ricky Lee Cox (born July 6, 1958)[1] is a dentist[2] in Campbellsville, Kentucky, who served two terms from 1997 to 2001 as a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.[3]

Cox was elected to the legislature in the 1996 general election, after the 10-year incumbent Republican, Ray H. Altman, a Campbellsville insurance agency owner, declined to seek a sixth two-year term. In 1998, Cox defeated Democrat Russell Montgomery of Campbellsville, 6,640 votes (50.3 percent) to 6,571 (49.7 percent), to gain his second and last term in the legislative chamber.[4]

As a legislator, Cox supported legislation in March 2000 to require that evolution if taught in Kentucky public school be presented as a factor only within the individual species, not across species lines.[5]

Cox, a Campbellsville native, has nine siblings, including Nancy Jane Cox Kenny (born 1967), Miss Kentucky of 1990, who is a television anchorwoman in Lexington.[6] Cox's daughter, and hence Nancy Kenny's niece, Emily Cox (born 1986), won the 2008 Miss Kentucky, a title which expired in July 2009. Both Nancy and Emily Cox are Campbellsville natives, but they entered their respective state pageants as "Miss Bowling Green", where each was living at the time. Emily Cox began piano lessons at the age of five; Nancy Kenny is a talented gospel singer. Emily's mother is the former Jenny L. Smith (born ca. 1960) of Campbellsville, the wife of Ricky Cox. She has two siblings, Evan L. Cox and Evily Cox.[7]

In 2000, Republican Russ Mobley, a retired Campbellsville University theatre arts professor, was elected to succeed Cox, who did not seek a third term. When Mobley declined to pursue a fifth term in 2008, Republican John "Bam" Carney, an educator at Taylor County High School, won the position. In the Republican primary, Carney defeated two opponents, including former Democrat Russell Montgomery, over whom Cox had prevailed a decade earlier.


  1. ^ Net Detective, People Search by Name
  2. ^ "Cox, Ricky L DDS". Topix.com. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  3. ^ "Membership of Kentucky House of Representatives, 1900-2000" (PDF). E-archives.ky.gov. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Kentucky Election Returns, November 3, 1998". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "David J. Hoff, "State Capitals Stirred by Evolution", March 8, 2000". Edweek.org. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Nancy Cox". Lex18.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Daniel Kemp, "WBKO Talks with Miss Kentucky 2008"". WBKO.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ray H. Altman
Kentucky State Representative from Campbellsville (District 51)

Ricky Lee Cox

Succeeded by
Russ Mobley