From Site of Congressman Christopher Cox:
Christopher Cox is the highest-ranking Californian in the Majority Leadership in Congress. As Chairman of the House Policy Committee, elected by the full majority Conference in the House for five consecutive terms, he is the fourth-ranking member of the leadership behind the Speaker.
On January 7, 2003, J. Dennis Hastert, the Speaker of the House, appointed Chairman Cox to head the new Homeland Security Committee in the House.
Since leaving President Reagan's White House staff to begin his career in Congress, Christopher Cox has established himself as a leading advocate of economic growth through lower taxes, free enterprise, and limited government.
Rep. Cox has been at the forefront of protecting the Internet from destructive taxation and regulation. In the 105th Congress, Rep. Cox passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prevents state and local taxes on the Internet, and establishes a process to make the Internet a global tax-free zone. His Internet Freedom and Family Empowerment Act, which passed the House on a 420-4 vote in 1996, prohibited FCC regulation of the Internet. It also encouraged the development of commercial software to permit the screening of objectionable material on the Internet.
Rep. Cox has strongly supported efforts to fight crime. Cox-authored legislation to prohibit convicted murderers from re-litigating their cases by incessantly filing and re-filing petitions in federal court was passed in 1996, 291-140. It was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chairman Cox has been a forceful advocate for a greater emphasis on defensive weapons, including those protecting U.S. citizens against biological, chemical, and nuclear attack. Under his direction, the Policy Committee has led the fight on the floor for both strategic missile defense and against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
At the requests of President Bush, Speaker of the House Tom Foley, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Rep. Cox has served as an observer to elections in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia, and as a delegate of the Helsinki Commission to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. His foreign affairs interests include the Middle East as well, where he has met with the leaders of Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, and where – in 1991 – he traveled to war-torn Kuwait and Iraq during the Gulf War.
From 1978 to 1986, he specialized in venture capital and corporate finance with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins.
In 1977-78, he was law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Herbert Choy, the first Asian-American federal appellate judge in America. The preceding year, he graduated simultaneously from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School, with honors, where for two years he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1973, after completing a three-year accelerated course.
Christopher Cox was born October 16, 1952. He, his wife Rebecca, and their three children, Charles, Katie, and Kevin, live in Newport Beach, California.
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