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State Senator Dave Cox, 1938-2010

State Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, died today after a long battle with prostate cancer, and peers on both sides of the aisle are mourning his passing.

From state Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto:

“My heart is heavy with grief today with our caucus family losing one of its most respected members. Senator Cox’s unparalleled dedication to public service never wavered and he continued to work diligently during the most trying times of his illness. Work fell second to his love and devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren. Stephanie and I extend our love and prayers to the Cox family and Senator Cox’s ‘second’ family, his staff.”

From Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles:

“I was saddened to learn that Senator Cox has passed away. He was a dedicated public servant who was a tireless advocate for the causes he believed in. His knowledge of public policy in California was nearly unsurpassed, and the entire Legislature will mourn his loss. I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and constituents.”

From state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Dave Cox. While Senator Cox and I did not often agree on matters of public policy, we frequently shared a good laugh and a collegiality that is all too often absent in politics. His commitment to his family and constituents was second to none. I will miss his sense of humor, his friendship, and his steadfast commitment to a more transparent and accountable government. I extend my sincere condolences to Dave’s wife Maggie and their family.”

UPDATE @ 7:09 P.M.: From Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta:

“I know I speak for all my caucus and those who served with Senator Cox when I say that today we lost a friend, a great leader and true servant of the people he represented.

“He was a gentleman and a fighter at the same time. He was a leader in fighting for many causes throughout his career on the Republican side. But Dave could count as many friends on the other side of the aisle as on the Republican side. Sadly, he lost his long battle with cancer today, and all of us, his friends, are sad to lose him.

“The people of California were fortunate to have had his service and our caucus was fortunate to have had both his service and friendship. His loss leaves a great void. He will truly be missed.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Arne Simonsen

    I had the pleasure of working with Dave Cox when I chaired the League of California Cities’ Revenue & Taxation Policy Committee.

    He will be sorely missed in Sacramento. What a gentleman!

  • Let’s remember Cox by disclosing on Cal Senator Mark Desaulnier. 74% of the $ 850,000 collected for his election came from Sacramento. Sacramento is not in the Desaulnier’s district. U may now understand why the priorities of the seventh senate district are not heard on legislation in the California State Senate.
    Share with a neighbor and in memory of Dave Cox!