Cox was the representative for California’s 48th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2005.
He was previously the representative for California’s 47th congressional district as a Republican from 1993 to 2002; and the representative for California’s 40th congressional district as a Republican from 1989 to 1992.
Cox is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2006 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cox sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.
Cox was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1598 (108th): Irvine Basin Surface and Groundwater Improvement Act of 2004
- H.J.Res. 19 (108th): Recognizing the 92d birthday of Ronald Reagan.
- H.R. 4592 (107th): To name the chapel located in the national cemetery in Los Angeles, California, as the “Bob Hope Veterans Chapel”.
- H.J.Res. 82 (107th): Recognizing the 91st birthday of Ronald Reagan.
- H.R. 1552 (107th): Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act
- H.J.Res. 7 (107th): Recognizing the 90th birthday of Ronald Reagan.
- H.R. 2779 (104th): Savings in Construction Act of 1996
Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cox sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Taxation (15%) Commerce (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) International Affairs (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Law (8%)
Some of Cox’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 398 (109th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the employees of ...
- H.R. 2216 (109th): Global Internet Freedom Act
- H.Con.Res. 143 (109th): Expressing the sense of Congress that the continued participation of the Russian ...
- H.R. 1817 (109th): Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006
- H.R. 1684 (109th): Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act of 2005
- H.R. 1685 (109th): Internet Consumer Protection Act of 2005
- H.R. 1544 (109th): Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005
From Jan 1989 to Jul 2005, Cox missed 681 of 9,369 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.9% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jul 2005. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills