Ed Cox has returned to lead the State GOP Committee.
Albany – Ed Cox, the immediate past chairman of the New York Republican Party, was unanimously elected to his previous post as leader of the state party. Cox served as GOP chairman for a decade, from 2009 to 2019, when he was replaced by now Congressman Nick Langworthy from Erie County. Cox takes the helm of the GOP just months after Lee Zeldin lost his bid for governor to Kathy Hochul by a closer than anticipated six percentage points, and the party made its largest gains in decades capturing 11 house seats in a deep blue state. Despite making gains last election cycle, Republicans still have a significantly smaller voter enrollment than Democrats have statewide, however, Cox’s connections and experience means he is familiar to financial donors of the party which could pay off.
Cox has deep political roots that extend beyond his prior stint as GOP leader. Cox is married to Tricia (Nixon) Cox, the daughter of late U.S. President Richard Nixon and served in the Reagan Administration as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation, a government corporation.
Cox was also a member of New York’s Commission on Judicial Nominations, served as the chairman of the New York Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and was once a trustee of the State University of New York.
Source: Mid-Hudson News