In 2007, state Rep. Jim Cox began serving the people of the 129th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Since taking office, Cox took a leadership role in the grassroots-driven effort to fully replace school district property taxes so Pennsylvanians can truly own their homes. Firmly believing no tax should have the power to leave you homeless, Cox introduced the Property Tax Independence Act, first as House Bill 1776 and later as House Bill 76. The plan, which was created in cooperation with taxpayer activist groups from across the Commonwealth, would rely on new revenue from the state sales and income taxes to completely replace school district property taxes. Cox continues to work with grassroots organizations as well as his legislative colleagues in the House and Senate to build support for the Property Tax Independence Act.

Cox is a strong proponent of government reform and accountability. Shortly after he took office, he was appointed to serve on the Speaker’s Commission on Legislative Reform, a prestigious and historic group that developed and implemented a comprehensive series of reforms aimed at increasing transparency and integrity in the legislative process.

After learning about horrific local situations where care-dependent individuals were neglected and mistreated by those entrusted with their care, Cox introduced a proposal to give the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office expanded authority to prosecute such cases. Working with his colleagues, he ushered the bill through the Legislature and it was signed into law by the governor.

In the wake of the opioid addiction crisis, Cox introduced legislation aimed at helping doctors to better treat patients with a history of overdoses. His bill would require first responders and emergency room personnel to record the use of naloxone – a medication used to combat opioid overdoses – in a patient’s history in the Commonwealth’s prescription monitoring program. This would ensure the patient’s primary care provider would have access to this information.

During the 2019-20 legislative session, Cox became chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee. Within months of taking the position, Cox helped guide through the legislative process a package of bills aimed at enhancing workforce development initiatives and programs in the Commonwealth. Designed to help Pennsylvanians learn more so they can earn more, these bills were signed into law and are helping to empower workers to obtain the skills they need to find good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.

Cox also serves on the House Health Committee, the Capitol Preservation Committee and the bipartisan working group on property tax reform.

Prior to taking office, Cox served as chief of staff to former state Rep. Sam Rohrer. In that position, he earned a valuable understanding of the legislative process as well as the state programs and services available to help Pennsylvania residents. Before that, Cox served as the government affairs coordinator for The Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cox attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida and earned his law degree at Regent University School of Law in Virginia, where he served on the law review staff and board.

Jim and his wife, Kelly, are blessed with five children. He is committed to making Pennsylvania a better place for them and all families to live, work and lead successfull, fulfilling lives.