Chris Cox

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Charles Christopher Cox (born October 16, 1952 in St. Paul, Minnesota) has served as Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) since August 4, 2005. He had served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1989 – August 2, 2005, representing three successive districts in southern California, the last one being the California 48th. He resigned from Congress to become the SEC Chairman.

Previously he had served as Senior Associate Counsel to the President during the second term of Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988.


After graduating from St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1970, Cox earned his B.A. at the University of Southern California in 1973, following an accelerated three-year course. In 1977 he earned both an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

From 1977 to 1986, Cox was first an associate and then partner with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins. In 1982–83, Cox took a leave of absence from Latham & Watkins to teach federal income tax at Harvard Business School. At the time of his retirement in 1986 he was the Partner in Charge of the Corporate Department in the Orange County office, and served as a member of the firm's national management.

In 1984, Cox co-founded Context Corporation, which produced daily English reproductions of the leading state-controlled newspaper in the Soviet Union, Pravda. The publication was used chiefly by U.S. universities and U.S. government agencies, and was eventually distributed to customers in 26 countries around the world. The company had no connection to the Soviet government.

For 10 of his 17 years in the Congress, from 1995 to 2005, Cox served in the House Majority Leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking elected leadership position (behind the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Majority Whip, and the Chair of the House Republican Conference). He was Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and also Chairman of the Select Committee on U.S. National Security that produced the Cox report, an indictment of Chinese espionage and of security failures at several U.S. <a href="/w/index.php?title=United_States_Department_of_Energy_National_Laboratories&action=edit" class="new" title="United States Department of Energy National Laboratori