John Cox

Age: 66
Party: Republican
Home: Rancho Santa Fe

Investment manager and accountant who has a law degree. Lost to Newsom in 2018, in addition to failed bids for Congress, U.S. Senate and the presidency. Founder of a Rebuilding Together chapter, which repairs homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Father to four daughters, and an active member of Nativity Catholic church. 


Bears, a zero minimum wage, small businesses


Trash, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Kevin Faulconer

If he becomes governor: 

Personal quote: 

“Never trust any politician.”

Hear him on the issues:

John Cox talks about COVID, homelessness and more

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Sameea Kamal is a reporter at CalMatters covering the state Capitol and California politics. She joined CalMatters in June 2021 from the Los Angeles Times, where she was a News Desk editor. Sameea was...