Steve Fox (politician)

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Steve Fox
Steve Fox, California Assembly (2013).jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 36th district
In office
December 3, 2012 – November 30, 2014
Preceded by Steve Knight
Succeeded by Tom Lackey
Personal details
Born (1953-01-27) January 27, 1953 (age 64)
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Fox
Children Rebecca Fox, Joshua Fox
Residence Palmdale, California
Alma mater Canoga Park High
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Law

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[2] He became the first Democrat to win election to the legislature in this area in 36 years,[3] despite having been outspent in the election by more than 12 to one.[4] 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.[5]

Fox ran again for the state Assembly against Lackey in 2016, however he lost by a slim margin.[6]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 36th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Lackey 15,095 41.1
Democratic Steve Fox (incumbent) 12,055 32.8
Republican JD Kennedy 4,460 12.2
Republican Suzette M. Martinez 3,390 9.2
Democratic Kermit F. Franklin 1,706 4.6
Total votes 36,706 100.0
General election
Republican Tom Lackey 42,107 60.2
Democratic Steve Fox (incumbent) 27,866 39.8
Total votes 69,973 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

2016 California State Assembly candidacy[edit]

California's 36th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Lackey (incumbent) 35,019 48.2
Democratic Steve Fox 21,541 29.6
Democratic Darren W. Parker 11,236 15.5
Democratic Ollie M. McCaulley 4,891 6.7
Total votes 72,687 100.0
General election
Democratic Steve Fox
Republican Tom Lackey (incumbent)
Total votes ' '

Career in State Assembly[edit]

Fox at a Campaign Event in 2016

-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.[7]

-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.[8]

-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"[9]

-Assembly Bill (AB) 1509 would require the California Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a California specific transition assistance program (Cal TAP).[10]

-AB 585 will require the Department to develop a plan to better utilize existing properties to enhance or increase local veterans’ services.[11]

-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."[12]

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.”[13]

-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. [14]

-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.”[15]

Personal life[edit]

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.


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