Steve Fox (politician)
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 36th district
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2014
|Preceded by||Steve Knight|
|Succeeded by||Tom Lackey|
January 27, 1953 |
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, USA
|Children||Rebecca Fox, Joshua Fox|
|Alma mater||Canoga Park High|
Steve Fox is an American politician and former member of the California State Assembly. He was a Democrat representing the 36th district, encompassing parts of the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Kern County and San Bernardino County. Prior to being elected to the state Assembly, he was a public school teacher, an attorney and former Antelope Valley College trustee as well as a governing board member of the Antelope Valley Hospital and a Republican for 30 years. He ran for Assembly in 2008 as a Republican and lost the Republican primary to Steve Knight, who went on to win the general election.
Fox won his seat in 2012 by only 145 votes over Republican Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith, taking the lead only the day before the swearing-in ceremony. He became the first Democrat to win election to the legislature in this area in 36 years, despite having been outspent in the election by more than 12 to one. In 2014, Fox sought a second term to the state Assembly, but lost to Palmdale City Councilman Tom Lackey by a 60% to 40% margin.
Fox ran again for the state Assembly against Lackey in 2016, however he lost by a slim margin.
2014 California State Assembly
|California's 36th State Assembly district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Steve Fox (incumbent)||12,055||32.8|
|Republican||Suzette M. Martinez||3,390||9.2|
|Democratic||Kermit F. Franklin||1,706||4.6|
|Democratic||Steve Fox (incumbent)||27,866||39.8|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
2016 California State Assembly candidacy
|California's 36th State Assembly district election, 2016|
|Republican||Tom Lackey (incumbent)||35,019||48.2|
|Democratic||Darren W. Parker||11,236||15.5|
|Democratic||Ollie M. McCaulley||4,891||6.7|
|Republican||Tom Lackey (incumbent)|
Career in State Assembly
-AB 1607 revising the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Act, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox in response to the case of Christopher Evans Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist”, it passed the Assembly, the Senate and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
-AB 1628 The Grandparents Visitation Rights Bill, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox received unanimous bipartisan support in the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
-AB 2214 The "Delores Fox" Act, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox, it directs the Medical Board of California to consider including a course in geriatric care as a continuing medical education requirement for emergency room doctors. “As the Baby Boomer generation ages, our laws must reflect and respect this social change,” stated Fox. “Our seniors are still active, vital members of society and these laws recognize their importance in our community.” He also stated about the bill "It is so important I put my mother's name on it, and I dare anyone to vote against my mother"
-Assembly Bill (AB) 1509 would require the California Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a California specific transition assistance program (Cal TAP).
-AB 585 will require the Department to develop a plan to better utilize existing properties to enhance or increase local veterans’ services.
-AB 2389 the Aerospace Tax Credit bill, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox, billed as a measure to create and retain aerospace industry jobs in California. "AB 2389 will directly create 1,100 aerospace jobs in California, and will indirectly create 4,782 jobs in supporting fields."
Assemblymember Fox's statement on passage of California’s fourth consecutive on-time, balanced budget “Legislators have continued to prioritize education, access to justice, job creation and veterans while taking steps to reduce our state’s debt,” said Fox. “We are managing our economic recovery realistically and conservatively.”
-AB 1513, a bill that deters illegal squatting in residential real properties, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox, received bipartisan support from members of the Assembly Judiciary Safety Committee and passed by a margin of 9-1. “Homeowners in the Antelope Valley who have a squatter in their house bear the cost of not being able to lease or sell their home, as well as the cost of having to go to a court in downtown Los Angeles,” said Fox. “This program will give homeowners a local solution.” “Homeowners should have the right to remove a trespasser,” concluded Fox. 
-AB 2085 the Traffic Ticket Amnesty Bill, was authored by Assemblymember Steve Fox, received bipartisan support and was passed by a margin of 13-2 by the Assembly Transportation Committee and was signed into law by the Governor. “The snowballing effect of delaying payment of a ticket makes the situation untenable for many,” said Fox. “This bill will help counties and those individuals who want to meet their obligations.”
Steve Fox has been married for 32 years to his wife, Sharon Fox (a retired school teacher). They have two children, Rebecca Fox (a First 5 Los Angeles organizer) and Joshua Fox (a police officer), as well as three grandchildren, Victoria, Joseph, and Vivianna.
- "Steve Fox wins Assembly seat! Smith seeking recount". Antelope Valley Times. December 2, 2012.
- Van Oot, Torey (December 2, 2012). "Democrat pulls ahead to win Southern California Assembly seat". Capitol Alert. Sacramento Bee.
- Bostwick, Charles F. (December 3, 2012). "Upset for the ages: Fox beats Smith". Antelope Valley Press.
- "CA-Assembly: Democrats win 55th seat, expand supermajority". DailyKos. December 2, 2012.