[r85] Focused on serving our community (10/24/2013)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Start Date: 10/24/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2013
STATEHOUSE - I am humbled to serve as the new State Representative for House District 85.  I step into the big shoes left by former-State Representative Phyllis Pond, and while I won’t pretend to fill those shoes, I will be as dedicated a public servant as I can.  I always admired Rep. Pond’s tenacity and commitment to our community.  She was a great leader for Northeast Indiana and a true champion of conservative, Hoosier values.  It’s an honor to follow her legacy. 

Over the past several years, I have lived in various parts of District 85.  It is my home, and I am dedicated to seeing it prosper.  My focus is on serving the people of our community.  In that vein, I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background. 

I am a graduate of Leo Jr. Sr. High School where through my studies and participation in activities like varsity basketball and student council, I gained a passion for service, teamwork and public policy at a young age.  After high school, I headed to Indiana University where I continued my academic and public service pursuits.  I served as Chairman of the College Republicans and later as Student Body President.  Most importantly, I met my ‘college sweetheart,’ Melissa, and married her a few years after graduation.  After I completed my undergraduate studies, I attended IU Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law, graduating with honors. During law school, I was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to serve on the Indiana University Board of Trustees, where I was one of nine trustees responsible for governing Indiana University.

After law school, Melissa and I came home to Northeast Indiana.  Through my work with small businesses, nonprofits and local governments as a lawyer with Beers Mallers Backs & Salin and my involvement in various nonprofit boards and public commissions, I’ve been able to continue my passion for service and commitment to others. 

Melissa and I now have two children—Adrianne and Andrew.  I work hard to provide for my family, and I try to serve as a positive role model for my children.  As a young father, I do my best to instill those values that I’ve learned through faith and family in our community in my own children.  Now, as a state legislator, I have embraced an opportunity to become part of something much larger than myself. 

I look forward to meeting you and listening to you over the next few months.  As the new Representative for our district, I take very seriously the responsibility of bringing our community’s voice to the Statehouse.  I will work tirelessly to serve constituents and promote our shared Hoosier values.

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Rep. Cox serves a portion of Allen County.

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