Fred Cox

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Fred Cox
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Utah House of Representatives District 30
In office
January 1, 2015 - Present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Utah House of Representatives, District 32
January 10, 2011 - 2012
Associate'sUtah Technical College
Office website
Campaign website
Fred C. Cox is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Cox previously served in the Utah House of Representatives from 2011 to 2012.

Cox was elected to be the party nominee in a special election on January 6, 2011, to replace Ron 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 in 2012.[1][2]

Cox has served as a State Republican Delegate, an elected member of the State Republican Central Committee representing Salt Lake County, the Salt Lake County Republican House District 32 Chair, and 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.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Cox served on the following committees:

Utah Committee Assignments, 2015
Government Operations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cox served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Cox's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Education Excellence

  • Excerpt: "As a taxpayer and architect, I see the money spent on buildings and will continue to advocate for an improved balance between cost savings and quality to the process. We can reduce costs while still maintaining the quality. Teachers often do not have the supplies they need, and in most cases deserve more pay for the critical work they do. Education funding is too complex and enough funding doesn’t make it to the classroom. I will work to bring more money to the classroom. Because of government regulation, teachers are fighting to teach the student. We don't need the anchor of governmental red tape hurting education with oppressive paperwork and a one size fits all approach. I will continue to promote parent and local control of education.."

Clean Air and Water

  • Excerpt: "I received an award from Salt Lake Solar Day 2012 for sponsoring 2012 H.B. 262 Building Code Amendments, and continued working to adopt the current IECC (energy code for houses and buildings) during the 2013 session. That bill passed and the current code will be effective July 1, 2014. The amount of energy use and pollution caused by buildings is critical. I also worked for over a year to increase flexibility and ability for property owners to capture and use storm / rain water. At the end of the 2013 session, that bill passed the House, 75 to 0, and was signed by the Governor. We should be good stewards of the land, Extremes on both sides of this issue hurts our ability to live and work in our great state."

Your Rights

  • Excerpt: "The US Constitution specifically states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." The government continues to trample on this and others of our constitutional protected rights. The government powers are not only separated in 3 branches, but between the Federal and the States. This is an area that is worth fighting for Utahns. We can't continue to let government take over of our lives."

A Stable and Growing Economy

  • Excerpt: "Utah is the best fiscally managed state. Utah repeats this year as Forbes top 3 Best States for Business and Careers. Many families are still struggling. We need to continue to improve. The Economy will grow when Government will allow it. In many cases Government is holding business growth back through too many regulations."



See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Michael D. Lee was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Fred Cox defeated Carbon Lundgren in the Republican convention. Cox defeated Lee in the general election.[5][6]

Utah House of Representatives District 30, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred C. Cox 50.4% 3,076
     Democratic Michael D. Lee 49.6% 3,029
Total Votes 6,105


See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cox ran for election in the 2012 election for Utah House of Representatives District 30. Cox was unopposed in the June 26 Republican primary and was defeated by District 29 incumbent Janice Fisher (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Utah House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Fisher Incumbent 51.7% 5,385
     Republican Fred Cox Incumbent 48.3% 5,029
Total Votes 10,414


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The Sutherland Institute Scorecard

See also: The 2012 Sutherland Institute Legislative Score Card

The Sutherland Institute, "a conservative public policy think tank" in Utah, releases its Scorecard for Utah State Representatives and Senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Sutherland Institute thought were pro-conservative policies.[8]


Fred Cox received a score of 85% in the 2012 scorecard.[9]



In 2014, Cox's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • Ron Bigelow, former member of the Utah House of Representatives, 1995 to 2010
  • Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah
  • Becky Lockhart, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives
  • Wayne Niederhauser, Utah Senate President
  • Dave Hansen, former Utah Republican State Party Chair
  • National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB/Utah SAFE Trust
  • The Salt Lake County Republican Assembly
  • Utah State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police
  • National Rifle Association - Political Victory Fund, (NRA)
  • Jonathan Johnson, Holladay, UT

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Political offices
Preceded by
Janice Fisher (D)
Utah House of Representatives District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ron Bigelow (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 32
Succeeded by
LaVar Christensen (R)