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Edward Ridley Finch Cox (born October 2, 1946) is an American attorney and the former chairman of the New York Republican State Committee. He is the son-in-law of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon.

Ed Cox
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Cox and his wife, Tricia Nixon (1972)
Chair of the New York Republican Party
In office
September 29, 2009 – July 1, 2019
Preceded byJoseph Mondello
Succeeded byNick Langworthy
Personal details
Edward Ridley Finch Cox

(1946-10-02) October 2, 1946 (age 73)
Southampton, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Tricia Nixon (m. 1971)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Early life, family, and careerEdit

Cox was born to Howard Ellis Cox and Anne Crane Delafield (Finch) Cox in Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York. He attended Westhampton Beach Elementary School and Allen Stevenson School in New York City.[1] Cox is named for his grandfather, Judge Edward R. Finch, a prominent New York jurist who served as a State Court Judge (1915–43), Presiding Justice of the State's First Department; Associate Judge on the New York Court of Appeals.[2] His father, Howard Ellis Cox, was a decorated World War II aviator, New York lawyer, and Long Island real estate developer.[3]

Cox graduated from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (1968)[4] and Harvard Law School (1972).[5] Cox was battalion commander of his Army ROTC unit at Princeton,[6] and subsequently served as a reserve officer with the 11th Special Forces Group.[7][8]

In 1971, Cox married Tricia Nixon, the daughter of President Richard Nixon, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.[9] The wedding was described in Life Magazine as "a union 'akin to American royalty'".[10] Edward and Tricia Cox have a son, Christopher Nixon Cox.[11] The Coxes reside on Long Island, New York.[12]

Cox has been described as "a patrician Wall Street lawyer".[13]

Political involvementEdit

Cox was rumored to be considering a run for Governor of New York in 2006 if then-Gov. George Pataki opted not to seek re-election. Pataki did not run again, but Cox later chose instead to seek the seat held by incumbent U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D) in the 2006 New York U.S. Senate election. However, after Pataki endorsed a rival Republican--Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro--for Senate, Cox announced on October 14, 2005 that he was no longer running.[14]

In 2007 and 2008, Cox chaired John McCain's presidential campaign efforts in the State of New York.[15]

New York Republican Party Chairman (2009–2019)Edit

Cox was elected chairman of the New York State Republican Committee at the Committee's meeting on September 30, 2009.[16] Cox had a seven-point "agenda for the future" when elected chairman:

  1. to be "a full-time chairman";
  2. to win election victories in the 2009 local elections;
  3. to re-build the state party's staff;
  4. to "re-establish credibility" of the state party nationally;
  5. to raise money;
  6. to recruit a "slate of candidates up and down the ballot"; and
  7. to win statewide elections in 2010.[17]

In 2018, Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy began campaigning for the chairmanship of the New York State Republican Committee.[18] On May 20, 2019, after Monroe County Republican Chair Bill Reilich announced his support for Langworthy, Cox announced that he was withdrawing his candidacy for a new term as chairman;[19] the Democrat and Chronicle reported that Langworthy was "poised to become" the next chair of the Republican Committee.[20] In a statement, Cox said, "'Serving as Chairman of the NYGOP over the last ten years has been one of the most rewarding chapters of my life, and I will continue to actively help elect more Republicans here in New York'". Cox added that he was joining President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.[21] On July 1, 2019, Langworthy was formally named Chair of the New York State Republican Committee, replacing Cox.[22]


  1. ^ " Chris Cox, Politics, Family, Legacy".
  2. ^ The New York Times, April 16, 1965
  3. ^ Times, RAY LYNCH, Staff Writer This report was supplemented with information from The New York. "HOWARD COX, 76, PROMINENT LAWYER".
  4. ^ Hoffman, Jan (July 22, 1999). "PUBLIC LIVES; Steady Eddie Cox, the Discreet Son-in-Law" – via
  5. ^ "Ed Cox to speak at GOP 'meet the candidates' event". The Saratogian.
  6. ^ "The Groom: Ed's suitable consort". Boca Raton News. 11 June 1971. p. 7.
  7. ^ "State GOP chair to attend Candidates night". The Record.
  8. ^ "Member Profile: Mr. Edward F. Cox". Republican National Lawyers Association.
  9. ^ Breidenbach, Michelle (10 September 2014). "Nixon son-in-law Ed Cox on the difference between Watergate and today's opponent bugging scandal".
  10. ^ "Ed Cox and the Republican Civil War". 12 April 2011.
  11. ^ Callahan, Maureen (16 May 2010). "Nixon grandson Chris Cox scandalizes Long Island society".
  12. ^ Herald, JIM ECKSTROM Olean Times. "A change for New York GOP?". Olean Times Herald.
  13. ^ Karlin, Rick (January 12, 2017). "GOP chair: Cuomo has been on a 'magical media tour'". Times Union.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Raymond; Cooper, Michael (October 15, 2005). "Pirro's Path to Republican Nomination Is Clearer". New York Times. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  15. ^ "McCain advisers quit Chris Cox campaign - Maggie Haberman -".
  16. ^ Hakim, Danny (September 29, 2009). "For Nixon In-Law, G.O.P. Post and a Giuliani Clash". New York Times. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
  17. ^ Freedlander, David (April 14, 2010). "Ed Cox and the Republican Restoration". Capitol News. p. 17. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  18. ^ "Langworthy ramps up campaign to become state GOP leader". 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "How Nick Langworthy outmaneuvered Ed Cox to lead state GOP". 20 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Nick Langworthy poised to become new New York GOP chair". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  21. ^ "NY GOP Chair Ed Cox Stepping Down".
  22. ^ Klepper, David (1 July 2019). "New York GOP Taps New Leader as Party Looks to Bounce Back". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 1 July 2019.

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