New Legislator Spotlight: Congressman TJ Cox (D–San Joaquin Valley)

Feb. 23, 2019

In each issue of our CLSA Bulletin, we will highlight a new member of California’s seven-member “freshman class” in the 116th Congress.

On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector which employs over 311,000 Californians – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) welcomes Congressman TJ Cox (D–San Joaquin Valley). We look forward to working with Rep. Cox and his team to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.


Rep. TJ Cox


U.S. Representative TJ Cox is a licensed engineer and the owner of two nut-processing businesses. He spent his early career working in construction and mining before starting the Central Valley NMTC Fund, which, among other things, helped fund the North Fork Bioenergy Plant, bringing renewable, clean power to California.  Representative Cox now serves California’s 21st District, including all of Kings County and portions of Fresno, Kern, and Tulare Counties.

A native of California, Rep. Cox holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is married to Kathleen Murphy, MD, a pediatric intensive care physician at Valley Children’s Hospital. They are the proud parents of four children.

Rep. Cox’s articulated priorities in Congress are to create high-paying jobs in health care, agriculture, and other industries, to foster new agricultural businesses, create innovative farming techniques, support fair trade, and invest in job training, and to provide affordable, quality health care for all, protecting Medicare and Social Security, supporting education, and implementing an immigration policy that works for everyone.

Committee Assignments
House Committee on Natural Resources
House Committee on Agriculture

Learn more about Rep. Cox or follow him on Twitter.