Jon Cox

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Jon Cox
Utah House of Representatives District 58
In office
November 14, 2013 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
PredecessorSpencer Cox (R)
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Master'sHistory, University of Utah
ProfessionAssistant Professor
Office website
Campaign website
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]


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

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2015
Business and Labor
Rules, Vice-Chair


Campaign themes


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


  • 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."



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. Incumbent Jon Cox was unopposed in the Republican convention. Gary Van Horn, an Independent American candidate, was disqualified before the general election. Cox was unopposed in the general election.[7]


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

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Preceded by
Spencer Cox (R)
Utah House of Representatives District 58
Succeeded by