Sunday, June 26, 2022

Full circle: After dueling careers of teaching and lawmaking, Kirk Cox takes a pause and reflects


Del. Kirk Cox served 32 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, holding positions of increasing influence among Republican legislators. Before taking over as House Speaker in 2018, he served as the House majority leader for eight years. ASH DANIEL

Kirk Cox recalls his early days in the Virginia House of Delegates, his first term during the 1990 legislative session.

Another lawmaker walked past him inside the Capitol and quipped: “Lean to the green.”

“And I sort of went, ‘What does that mean?’ It [involved either] an insurance bill or a banking bill,” Cox says.

He adds: “I forgot which one he thought would give him more contribut...

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