Edward F. Cox

Edward F. Cox

Ed Cox is a lawyer with a distinguished record of service to his Party and in the domestic and international policy arenas.  He has served three U.S. Presidents, four Governors and the Republican Party at the state and national levels.  He was sworn in as Chairman of the Republican Party of New York State on September 29, 2009.

For more than forty years he has supported and campaigned for candidates across the country beginning in 1968 as a part of the Nixon presidential campaign.  In 1972, he travelled extensively as a family surrogate for President Nixon and in 1980 was active in the Reagan campaign.  In 1984, he conceived and organized the statewide volunteer effort which helped carry New York State for the Reagan‑Bush team.  In 1988 and 1992, Cox organized the New York speakers’ bureau for George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaigns.

Cox has assisted candidates at all levels throughout New York in numerous election cycles.  And in the critical election of 1994, Cox played a key role in helping to elect George Pataki Governor.   He also participated in the Republican National Conventions and presidential campaigns of 1996, 2000, 2004. During the 2008 Presidential election, he served as State Chairman of John McCain’s campaign.

Under President Reagan, Cox served as General Counsel to the government corporation which financed major synthetic fuels projects. As a Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY) he has developed cutting-edge policies and programs for community colleges, charter schools, teacher training, facilities construction and finance and administration.  Cox has played a key role under four Governors in the selection of judges for New York’s highest court.  In volunteer positions both in and out of government he has been a leader on energy and environmental policies.

His writings on public policy have appeared in The New Republic magazine, the Antitrust Law Journal and the New York Post, and he is co‑author of a book on the Federal Trade Commission.

Cox was born in Suffolk County, Long Island and was raised in Yorkville, New York City, where he graduated from Trinity High School.  He received his B.A. degree in 1968 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1972.

He is a proud veteran having joined the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) at Princeton in 1964.  He later completed officer and airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia and served as a reserve officer with the 11th Special Forces Group.

Cox practices corporate and finance law and has served as a member of the Management Committee and the Chairman of the Corporate Department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.  He has represented companies in a wide variety of industries including software, finance, insurance and biotech and has been named to the list of Super Lawyers in the practice of Securities and Finance law.

Cox married Patricia Nixon in the Rose Garden of the White House in 1971.  They have one child, Christopher, who is a graduate of Princeton and the New York University School of Law.

A Word from our Chairman

Throughout its long history, the New York State Republican Party has helped provide the ideas and leadership necessary to ensure that government works for the people.  New York’s Republicans have tackled not only the great challenges facing the Empire State, but led the way in forging new solutions that would help our nation grow.  We are the heirs to the legacy left by great New York Republicans like Theodore Roosevelt, Fiorello LaGuardia, Nelson Rockefeller and Thomas E. Dewey.

Our heritage is rooted in the philosophy that government must be limited for people to be truly free, to prosper and to achieve their goals.  Our candidates and our officials work tirelessly to defend the rights of every taxpayer against the uncontrolled government spending that is weighing down the promise of our great state.  The New York Republican Party and its message reach every New Yorker from every background.  We are Asian small business owners, middle-income suburban families and upstate dairy farmers.  We are trades union members who know a better business environment means more work.  We are Hispanics and African-Americans who want school choice and women balancing the family budget.

We are the Party of the small businesses on Main Street, the start-up entrepreneur and large businesses we need to keep in our state.  As New York Republicans, we know that cutting taxes, cutting spending and reducing regulations are the only ways to grow our economy and create jobs.

New York’s Republican Party believes that government has a responsibility to help those in need through a hand up, rather than a hand out.  We believe that quality education is the human rights issue of the twenty-first century and that parents deserve school choice.  Republicans believe that local control leads to safe, affordable communities.  We believe that strong families are the backbone of our society.

Our Party is a celebration of diversity because our values of limited government and fiscal restraint mean something for everyone who earns a paycheck, everyone who runs a business, everyone who owns a home, everyone who is raising a family and everyone who believes that people come first.

I hope you would join us in helping to ensure that New York is again the brightest light on that shining city on a hill, the United States of America.

Edward F. Cox, Chairman
Republican Party of New York State
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