26 September 2018 Dinner Meeting
General Assembly Update
Delegate M. Kirkland Cox
Speaker of the House

Delegate Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and thirteen precincts in Southern and Western Chesterfield. On January 10, 2018, Kirk Cox was unanimously elected as Speaker by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher. Prior to serving as Speaker, Kirk served as Majority Leader from 2010 to 2018, and Majority Whip before that.

In addition to his role as Speaker, Kirk serves as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and is a member of the Joint Legislative, Audit, and Review Commission (JLARC). Kirk is a former Chair of the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources (ACNR) Committee and former Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

Kirk works tirelessly to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family through his leadership on a wide variety of issues important to his constituents. A champion of quality public education, improved veteran services, support for citizens with disabilities, increased economic development opportunities, and job creation, Kirk has successfully advanced many legislative initiatives in recent sessions. He credits many of his major legislative successes to the suggestions made by constituents and their impressive presentations to key legislators and a score of committees. In particular, he is grateful for constituents who proposed and testified for legislation to support our military and veteran communities, provide better services to our fellow citizens with intellectual disabilities, and improve our environment.

For Kirk, one of the most satisfying aspects of being a member of the House is recognizing the important contributions to a better Virginia made by individuals and organizations in the 66th District. He has sponsored many commending resolutions to recognize their achievements.

A graduate of Colonial Heights High School, Kirk holds a B.S. in both Political Science and General Social Science from James Madison University. He is a retired government teacher with 30 years in-classroom experience. Kirk lives in Colonial Heights with his wife, Julie Kirkendall Cox, and four sons-Lane, Carter, Blake, and Cameron. The Coxes are members of The Heights Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon. Kirk is active in the Colonial Heights community and previously coached youth baseball for 14 seasons.

The dress for the event is "coat & tie" (ladies as appropriate). The menu will be our traditional three-entrée buffet, with salad bar, dessert bar, rolls, butter, coffee or tea. The cost is $27.00 per person payable in advance to "RAC-MOAA." The deadline for reservations is 21 September 2018.  To make a reservation for this dinner meeting click here.