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GOP Senator Dave Cox Passes Away



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Dave Cox spent two decades in public service. The GOP lawmaker had been a member of the legislature since 1998. He served as Assembly Republican Leader before his election to the Senate. He was a fiscal conservative with a feisty wit. GOP Assemblyman Roger Niello was Cox’s neighbor – and his friend for 30 years. He says Cox could be gruff - but he was kind – and accessible:
 
If anybody wanted to see and talk to Dave Cox, they got to see and talk to Dave Cox. Sometimes they didn’t like what he had to say; he was brutally frank. But he was dedicated to transparency and the constituent service of the job”

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he and Cox were friends with opposite political views who “grew up together” in Sacramento politics.   Steinberg says what struck him was Cox’s respect for the institution of the legislature – and keeping things on track:
 
He was a absolute stickler for time. Oh My God, if you were a minute or two late to a meeting, that was a minute or two too late. He was always the first one on the floor.”
 
 “It’s a loss to the whole legislature because he had a personality that belonged in politics.”
 
Scott Baugh is Chairman of the Orange County Republican party. He was Assembly GOP Leader when Cox served in the lower house. He says Cox had an uncanny ability to keep floor debates focused when lawmakers strayed off point:
 
“He just had that very dry sense of wit that would a lot of times use humor or candor or bluntness to bring the debate back home and refocus everybody to our task at hand.”
 
Before he was a state lawmaker, Cox was a Sacramento County Supervisor. Current Supervisor Roger Dickinson says Cox was famous for getting results:
 
“He became known around the county who supported what we called pigs – or projects in the ground was the term that he coined so we wouldn’t spend our time studying things endlessly, but would go out and get things done.”
 
 Mike Wintemute worked as communications director for Cox when he was Assembly Republican leader. He says Cox was a good boss:
 
"Dave was honest. He was extremely hard working. He was great to work for and believed in his staff and believed in the process and his passing is a huge loss for California and he will not be replaced.”
 
 Cox is survived by his wife of 44 years, three daughters and six grandchildren.   He was 72 years old – and died at home, surrounded by his family. A memorial service for Senator Cox is in the works. SOC
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