State Rep. Laura Cox was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014, representing residents of Livonia.
Cox serves as chair of the House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for creating Michigan’s annual state budget.
Cox is a proud, two-time graduate of Michigan State University where she received a degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s in Criminal Justice Research and Planning.
Cox began her public service career as a U.S. Customs special agent, learning firsthand what it takes to protect Michigan’s residents. Cox worked undercover, conducted surveillance and executed search warrants to stop drug traffickers and money launderers. During her 13 years as an agent, her work also included sophisticated financial investigations to stop smugglers and currency traffickers, and other duties to protect Michigan’s citizens and U.S. borders.
PUBLIC OFFICE AND AFFILIATIONS
In 2004, Laura Cox was elected to the Wayne County Commission and voters have since repeatedly re-elected her to the commission. Cox chaired the Ways and Means Committee, seeking relief for county taxpayers by fighting to undo wasteful spending. Cox also served as the 11th Congressional District chairperson, treasurer to the Wayne 11th Congressional District Republican Committee, and on the Michigan GOP State Committee as a member of the Policy Committee, Women for Bush Co-Chair (2008) and as a delegate at -large to the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Cox has volunteered at the Livonia YMCA, St. Edith School and Parish, Ladywood High School and Catholic Central. She was also an advisor for the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Michigan State University, seeking to help young women develop leadership and community skills. Cox has mentored young women through her internship program, and she is involved in mentoring through other programs as well.
As a legislator, Cox has been selected to two boards by Michigan’s leaders. First, she was named to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Assault Kit Tracking and Reporting Commission. Following the discovery of thousands of untested sexual assault kits in Detroit, the commission was created to ensure that sexual assault kits in Michigan are never overlooked again. In May, Cox was named by House Speaker Kevin Cotter to the National Committee of State Legislatures (NCSL). In the NCSL, Cox has been selected as a member of the Budgets and Revenue Committee after being recognized for her abilities in responsible public budgeting.
Laura and her husband, Mike, have four children—Lindsey, Sinéad, Conor and Rory—and two grandchildren—Grace and Savanna.