Dave Cox

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Dave Cox
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California State Senate District 1
Former senator
In office
2004-July 13, 2010
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Dave Cox (b. 1938 - d. 2010) was a Republican member of the California State Senate. He represented California's 1st Senate District. He was first elected to the state senate in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008; he died in office on July 13, 2010.[1]

Cox previously served as a member of the California State Assembly, where he represented the 5th District from 1998-2004, serving as the Assembly Republican Leader in 2000-2004. He also served on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board.



In 2008 Cox was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 1. He finished with 267,426 votes while his opponent Anselmo Chavez finished with 162,044 votes.[2] Cox raised $416,453 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Cox (R) 267,426
Anselmo Chavez (D) 162,044

Campaign donors


In 2008 Cox raised $416,453 in campaign donations. Listed below are his top five contributors.[3]

Donor Amount
California Association of Health Underwriters $7,200
Physicians for the Group Practice of Medicine $6,200
California Correctional Peace Officers Association $6,200
A. Teichert & Son $6,200
AT&T $6,100

Fined over gift disclosure

In February 2010 Cox agreed to pay a fine of $400 for failing to disclose gifts from interest groups. Thirty other California lawmakers agreed to pay fines as well.[4]

Legislative scorecards

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard. The publication's editors say that the point of the scorecard is to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature passed on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. They say, "Terms like 'liberal' and 'conservative' are crude political shorthand, but we think the results give a pretty fair representation of the ideological makeup of the Assembly and Senate." The 2009 scores were passed on votes on 19 bills.[5]

On Capitol Weekly's scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. On the 2009 legislative scorecard, Dave Cox ranked as a 17.[6]

Senator Cox on crime prevention

1st District profile

Map of Senate District 1

The 1st Senate District runs along the eastern edge of California, from the Mojave Desert to the Oregon borer. Most of the district is rural.

The district includes all of Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Alpine, and Mono counties. It also contains parts of Nevada County, Placer County, and Sacramento County.

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate District 1
2004–July 2010
Succeeded by
Ted Gaines (R)