Steve Cox (D-Ill., 15th District)
Veteran Running to Stop Iraq War
Winner of the Democratic primary in the 15th District of Illinois, Steve Cox is running to reverse the militarization of Iraq and bring the troops home. Cox's commitment to end the war in Iraq and defend human rights, particularly women's rights, earned him NOW PAC's endorsement. We are confident Steve Cox will bring change to Washington and be a progressive voice in the House of Representatives.
Cox's career with the U.S. State Department began in 1964 as a clerk. Both his work and his schooling at George Washington University were abruptly interrupted by the military draft, and he enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army. From 1967 to 1969, he spent a year in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service.
Cox went on to serve many more years with the State Department, where he had a long career in information technology, spanning service as a computer equipment analyst, an information technology specialist, managing domestic regional agencies and processing centers and more than a hundred consular posts worldwide. His work has been recognized with numerous outstanding performance awards including the Meritorious Honor Award, the Superior Honor Award and the Secretary of State's Career Achievement Award.
Constrained by federal law, Cox was not allowed to pursue political interests as a federal employee. Immediately upon retirement, he began expressing his opposition to the Bush administration's policies, in particular the war in Iraq. As a veteran, Cox understands the damage caused by the war and will offer a much needed perspective on Capitol Hill.
Cox and his wife Nancy live in Urbana, Ill. Today, Cox serves as a volunteer in service organizations, including the Court Appointed Special Advocates and Meals on Wheels.
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