Cox Will Become First Female Approps Chair in MI House History
Livonia, MI — Representative Laura Cox (R-Livonia) announced today she will be appointed House Appropriations Chair by Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard for the 2017-2018 State Legislature. Laura Cox will become the first female appropriations chair in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Representative Laura Cox said, “I am honored and humbled to assume the role of Appropriations Chair. I’d like to thank Speaker-Elect Leonard for his confidence and trust and stand committed to work with him in advancing the principles and priorities that are important to us as we move forward.”
Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard said of Representative Cox, “I look forward to appointing Representative Laura Cox our new House Appropriations Chair in Michigan. While it is significant to note that Laura will be the first female Chair of the committee in the history of this body, it is just as important to note that she is the best person for the job. No one is more qualified or better prepared to hold such an important position for us than Representative Laura Cox. I know she will do a great job in helping lead Michigan in the years to come.”
State Rep. Laura Cox was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. Cox serves on the House Appropriations Committee, chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and is vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary. Cox is a member of the appropriations subcommittees on the Department of Community Health and Higher Education.
In 2004, Laura Cox was elected to the Wayne County Commission and voters have since repeatedly re-elected her. Cox chaired the Ways and Means Committee, seeking relief for county taxpayers by fighting to undo wasteful spending.
As a legislator, she has introduced legislation that protects victims of human trafficking and helps them rebuild their lives. Her child safety seat legislation safeguards children in our state by strengthening Michigan’s car seat requirements, and she fights for the safety of our first responders through her fire placard safety legislation which provides firefighters with vital information on the construction of buildings they enter to ensure that they return to their families daily and without injury. Her bill that was a part of a 21 bill package was recently signed into law and creates a uniform definition of a “veteran.” Bringing clarity, consistency and inclusiveness to the definition.
Laura was named to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Tracking and Reporting Commission, following the discovery of thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Detroit. Laura was also named by Michigan first lady Sue Snyder to assist with the Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault initiative, to help develop methods to end sexual assault on college campuses.
Laura and her husband, Mike, have four children—Lindsey, Sinéad, Conor and Rory—and two grandchildren—Grace and Savanna.