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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 39

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Steve Cox

856 votes (0.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Introduce legislation to base congressional pay on the median wage in the district they represent, so they can't vote themselves raises anymore and must instead get raises for their constituents first.
  • I'll be donating my own pay above that median district wage back to teachers in the district to pay for their supplies. That's about $94,000 per year out of my own pocket to the 39th district's public-school teachers.
  • Introduce or support legislation to bring our nation universal healthcare that will cost us a maximum of about 12% of our GDP, which is the most it costs anywhere else in the world. Currently, we pay over 18%.



I grew up in the 39th district, and I've *never* lived more than a few miles outside of the district borders. This is my home, just as it is yours. I'm 41 years old, and I graduated Ayala High School in Chino Hills in 1995 before attending Mt. SAC in Walnut for EMT school and Fire Science classes before graduating from Mt. SAC's 22nd Basic Fire Academy. Before I got a job in firefighting, I landed a job in the editorial department at a motorcycle newspaper, which was my other "dream job" and I have stuck with that for almost 20 years now as a photographer and journalist in the motorcycle industry.

I was raised by two wonderful parents, Jeannette and Dennis, who are still together today. My mom, Jeannette, was a banker, and she serves as my campaign treasurer. My father, Dennis, is one of my main inspirations in running for this office in the first place, as he served three tours in Vietnam in the USMC, and was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Mantle Cell Lymphoma from Agent Orange exposure in 2007. After fighting that cancer three times now, and losing a salivary gland and his prostate to related cancers (as well as suffering a pulmonary embolism from the chemotherapy, among other things), the VA cut my father's disability benefits in half about 18 months ago because they claim he's "not as disabled" now as he was before. That was the straw that broke the camel's back and led to my candidacy here. (And whether I win or lose, I'm running again in 2020, 2022, etc.)

In 2004, I married my wife, Erica. The marriage hasn't always been easy, but very few things that are really worthwhile are. I love my wife more than anything. We want children, but have not been blessed with them yet. We dote on our two dogs, Gemma (a 110-pound Bullmastiff, named for Katey Sagal's character in Sons of Anarchy), and Jack (a 95-pound American Bulldog we rescued just after last Christmas). Prior to Jack, we had another American Bulldog, Gus, who was my best friend of 10 years. We lost him in November to lung cancer, and when we knew the time was near, we threw him a Going Away Party at our house and had a wonderful turnout of friends and family who came to say good bye. We had a vet come to the house and send him off the next day while he was laying in his favorite spot in the yard, then donated his body to the Western University Veterinary School.

We currently live in Chino, less than 1 mile outside of the 39th district (which begins in Chino Hills, where I grew up).

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $6,027

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Ray, Jeff
Steve Cox
Employees of Frech, Greg
Employees of Stusiak, Michael

More information about contributions

By State:

California 74.03%
Oklahoma 25.97%

By Size:

Large contributions (77.82%)
Small contributions (22.18%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe our political system has been entirely corrupted by big business and other special interests and lobbyists, and that the parties keep us fighting amongst ourselves about wedge issues while they work together to serve Wall Street.

Our government only works as designed if the representatives we elect at every level of government represent the best interests of the people *only*. But we haven't had a government like that at the federal or state levels in decades. If you had to classify me, you wouldn't be all that far off to say I'm a Berniecrat. Bernie Sanders is also an Independent. I'd like to regulate the people much, much less, and regulate big business more in order to ensure that business isn't harming society through polution, slave wages, or co-opting our elected representatives through what amounts to legalized bribery.

I've been an independent for about 16 years now, so I saw through the lies of this two-party trap a long time ago, and I've signed a contract with an organization called "Candidates With A Contract" to not only take no corporate money whatsoever, but to introduce legislation to address this institutionalized corruption and return our government to one that is run by and for the people of this country.

As part of this contract, I will introduce legislation to base congressional salaries on the median wage in the district they represent, so that if they want a raise, they'll have to get you a raise *first*. And as part of this, I'll be donating my own salary above the median household wage in the 39th Congressional district back to the district in the form of donating it to teachers in the district to help them pay for supplies they have to pay for out of their own pockets.

That comes to about $94,000 per year out of my own pocket for the teachers of the district.

I'll also be hiring *all* of my congressional staff from the district itself. Congress gets about a million dollars per year to hire staff, and I want all of the payroll and income taxes to be paid in the 39th District.

And if I don't do these things within the first year of my term in office, I'm contractually obligated to vacate my office.

I'll also be introducing legislation to exempt US war veterans from federal income taxes on the first $100,000 they earn per year for the rest of their lives, as I believe our veterans are tossed aside like trash by our government, and they have already paid enough.

As an independent, I am uniquely able to speak to people who belong to both of the two major parties and bring about consensus on issues that are important to all of us as human beings, and as Americans, and that's what I plan to do.

Videos (2)

— April 19, 2018 Steve Cox For Congress

My primary motive for running for congress, and the reason I will continue running whether I win or not.

— April 19, 2018 Steve Cox For Congress

Why it matters that I'm an Independent.

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