Fred C. Cox (born 1961) is a Republican former member of the Utah State House of Representatives , representing the 30th District in 2015 to 2016 and the 32nd District from 2011 to 2012.

Early life and career

Cox is a Utah native and lifelong resident of Salt Lake County. He attended the University of Utah and Utah Technical College (now Salt Lake Community College ), graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology. He started his own architectural firm in West Valley City, UT in 1996. [2]

Political career

Cox has served as a State Republican Delegate beginning in 2002, is an elected member of the State Republican Central Committee representing Salt Lake County, served briefly as the Salt Lake County Republican House District 32 Chair, and has been a campaign volunteer and/or consultant for several state and local races starting in 1994. He has been involved in government affairs for both AIA Utah and ChamberWest Regional Chamber of Commerce along with church based community service. [2]

Cox was originally elected to be the party nominee in a special election on January 6, 2011 to replace Ron C. Bigelow who announced on December 22, 2010 he was to be the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget as of January 1, 2011. Cox was appointed January 10, 2011 by Governor Gary Herbert and completed Bigelow's term for 2011 and 2012. [3] [4] In 2012 Cox ran for the new House District 30 against an other incumbent Rep. Janice Fisher and lost in a close race. In 2014 Cox ran for the open seat against Michael D. Lee and won by a very slim margin.

During the 2016 Legislative session, Cox served on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Government Operations Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee. [5]

2016 sponsored legislation

Bill Number Bill Title Status
Referendum Amendments House/ filed - 2/10/2016
Exemption from Daylight Saving Time House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Qualified Political Party Amendments House/ filed - 2/17/2016
Vehicle Impound Amendments House/ filed - 2/18/2016
Disabled Adult Guardianship Amendments Governor Signed - 3/30/2016
Licensing Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Construction Trades Education Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Fire Code Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Voted and Board Local Levy Modifications House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Net Metering of Electricity Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Wood Burning Stoves Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Recycling of Copper Wire Governor Signed - 3/28/2016
Air Quality Modifications House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Specie Legal Tender Amendments House/ filed - 3/10/2016
Joint Resolution Designating Utah as a Purple Heart State House/ to Lieutenant Governor - 3/5/2016

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Cox passed three of the bills he introduced in 2016. Two of the bills were added to other bills that also passed. He did not floor sponsored any Senate bills. Cox also passed bills in 2011, 2012 and 2015. [6]

Elections

2014

In 2014, Cox ran for election in House District 30. He won the Republican Party nominee at the County Republican Convention on April 12, 2014 with 68.75% of the vote over Carbon Lundgren. [7] He faced Michael D. Lee, Democratic Party Nominee, in the General Election in November. Cox was behind on election day but won by 47 votes, after 2 weeks when all the votes were counted. Final results were Cox 3,076 votes (50.38%) v Lee 3,029 votes (49.62%) out of 6,105 votes cast. [8] [9] [2]

2012

Cox ran for election in House District 30 due to redistricting. He ran unopposed in the County Republican Convention on April 21, 2012. In the general election on November 6, 2012, Cox lost to another incumbent Rep. Janice Fisher, from House District 29. Final voting results were Fisher 5,385 votes vs Cox 5,029 votes, 11 write-in votes and 10,425 votes cast. [2]