Jon Cox

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Jon Cox
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Utah House of Representatives District 58
Incumbent
In office
November 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSpencer Cox (R)
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sHistory, University of Utah
Personal
ProfessionAssistant Professor
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jon Cox is a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives, representing District 58. He was first appointed in November 14, 2013, by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Jon Cox was recommended by the Republican Party delegates to be appointed to replace his fourth cousin, Spencer Cox, who resigned to become Utah Lieutenant Governor.[1][2][3]

Biography

Cox earned his M.A. in History from the University of Utah. He worked for five years as a constituent liaison in United State Senator Bob Bennett’s office and is currently an assistant professor of history at Snow College. Cox is a Sanpete County Commissioner.[4][5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Cox's campaign website highlights the following issues:[6]

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "In government, we need to learn when to say yes and when to say no. Not all government spending is bad, but not every project is worth our investment either. There are some who believe that the answer to constant funding shortfalls is a simple tax increase. Residents already shoulder an enormous tax burden in rural Utah. We must not further hamstring individuals and businesses with unnecessary tax increases."

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "Our number one priority in state government should be the adequate funding of our public schools. We have demographic challenges in this state that make this difficult, but we cannot use that as an excuse to ignore the very real needs of our local schools. While some legislators believe their role in state government is to function as a school board for their neighborhood schools, I believe that parents, teachers, and local school boards are best suited to determine the unique needs of their children and students. The state legislature should assist in the equitable distribution of tax dollars, but day-to-day decisions are best administered at the local level."

Water and Agriculture

  • Excerpt: "Our quality of life in rural Utah is directly tied to our water. We must proactively work to protect this invaluable resource. Of particular importance, we must continue fighting for the authorization and development of important water infrastructure projects. In rural Utah our local economy is absolutely dependent on agriculture, yet the state seldom focuses on it when discussing economic development. As a state, we can’t afford to ignore the backbone of our economy any longer."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Although it is important to recruit new businesses to our county, we must not overlook the existing businesses that make rural Utah such a great place to live. While we appreciate our rural lifestyle, we must stop exporting our best asset, our children, by sustaining an economy where hardworking families can make a living."

Public Lands

  • Excerpt: "The economic wellbeing of rural Utah revolves around the multiple use of our public lands. As a former Congressional aide, I helped several counties in their efforts to maintain access to key public lands while developing important water infrastructure projects. As a county commissioner and member of the Utah House of Representatives, I have worked to protect our public and private property rights from the intrusion of federal regulations, including the proposed designation of the Greater Sage Grouse."

Elections

2014

See also: Utah House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Incumbent Jon Cox was unopposed in the Republican convention. Gary Van Horn is running as an Independent American candidate. Cox and Van Horn will face off in the general election.[7]

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 60th Utah State Legislature, first year, was in session from January 28 to March 14. In 2014, the 60th Utah State Legislature, second year, was in session from January 27 to March 14.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on legislation related to women’s health, access to reproductive health care and education.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to Common Core reforms.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes in relation to the organization's "mission to defend individual liberty, private property and free enterprise."

Personal

Jon Cox lives in Ephraim. He and Spencer Cox are fourth cousins.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Spencer Cox (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 58
2013-present
Succeeded by
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