Republican State Senator Dave Cox of Fair Oaks Dead at 72


By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Republican state Sen. Dave Cox died Tuesday after what his family described as a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 72.

Cox’s spokeswoman Nghia Demovic said the lawmaker died peacefully at his home in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks.Cox_Standard_thm

Cox represented the sprawling 1st Senate District, a heavily Republican district that encompasses parts of 12 Sierra and foothill counties from the northeastern tip of California at the Oregon border to Mammoth Lakes in Mono County.

The death leaves two vacancies in the 40-member chamber. Republican Abel Maldonado left to become lieutenant governor in April.

Cox was elected to the Senate in 2004 after six years in the Assembly, where he once served as minority leader. He previously served six years as a Sacramento County supervisor.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maggie, and three daughters.

“A devoted family man, he always found time to serve his community and constituents,” his family said in a statement issued through his Senate office. “Dave took great pride in public service and making government work for the people it serves.”

Memorial services were pending, his office said.

(Cox’s official biography.)


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  1. Dave had an interesting past. Born in Oklahoma and moving to California, his early days saw him working for an undertaker and playing football for the University of San Diego Pioneers (later the Torerros) in the late-1950\’s. He was a back-up quarterback and linebacker. The thing I liked most about Senator Cox was when he asked you how you were doing, you felt like he really meant it. And I believe he did. The best to Maggie and the Cox family.

    Comment by Jim Cassie — 7.14.2010 @ 9:04 am

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