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Mr. Edward F. Cox

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Sustaining Member
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-336-2030
Fax: 212-336-2032
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Law School: Harvard Law School (1972)

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Mr. Edward F. Cox

Ed Cox is a New York lawyer presently serving in several volunteer capacities with governmental and charitable institutions. He has a distinguished record of international and domestic public service. He has served three U.S. Presidents, and particularly President Nixon, in the international arena; he was general counsel to a government corporation which financed major synthetic fuels projects under President Reagan; as a Trustee of the State University of New York he has developed cutting edge programs for community colleges, charter schools, teacher training and facilities construction; he has played a key role under four Governors in the selection of judges for New York's highest court; and in volunteer positions in and out of government he has been a leader in energy and environmental policy making.

Mr. Cox has served as a member of the Management Committee and as the Chair of the Corporate Department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP where he practices corporate and finance law. Over the past 24 years he has served as a Director of Noble Energy, Inc., a NYSE world wide producer of oil, gas, methanol and electricity, and as a director of development stage technology companies.

Mr. Cox presently serves as Chairman of the State University Construction Fund, Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY), Director of the Institute for Special Education, Director of the Student/Sponsor Partnership, Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, Commissioner of the New York Commission of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Chairman of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Stoke Association. He is also a founder and member of the SUNY Trustee Committee implementing one of New York’s major educational reforms, charter schools. As a Trustee of SUNY he served as Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee; was the founder, and is Chair, of the Community College Committee; was the founder of the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell; and is a member of the Search Committee for a new SUNY Chancellor. SUNY has over 400,000 students on 64 campus throughout New York State.

Mr. Cox was born in Suffolk County, Long Island, and reared in Yorkville, New York City where he graduated from Trinity High School. He received his B.A. degree in 1968 from Princeton University majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1972. He served as a summer clerk in the Office of the U.S. Attorney, S.D.N.Y., in 1971 and from 1981 to 1983 as the General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of a major government energy development corporation in Washington D.C. In 1964 he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) at Princeton University and later did officer and airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and served as a reserve officer with the 11th Special Forces Group. His writings have appeared in The New Republic magazine, the Antitrust Law Journal and the New York Post, and he is co author of a book on the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Cox has traveled extensively abroad primarily with or on behalf of President Richard M. Nixon. He has met with the heads of state or government and numerous other officials in more than 30 countries including China, Russia, Israel, Cuba, England, Japan, Italy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He has traveled to England, China and Russia on behalf of SUNY, meeting at the prime minister, governor and presidential advisor levels on education and other issues, as well as on a personal fact finding trip, including ministerial level meetings, to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan.

Ed Cox, who has been the Chairman of Senator John McCain’s New York campaign since April 2007, is not new to the political process. For forty years he has supported and campaigned for candidates across the country beginning in 1968 as a part of the Nixon presidential campaign. In 1972, he campaigned extensively as a family surrogate for President Nixon and in 1980 was active in Reagan’s presidential campaign. In 1984, he conceived and organized the statewide volunteer effort which helped carry New York for Reagan Bush. In both 1988 and 1992, he organized the New York speakers’ bureau for George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaigns. In 1994, he played key roles in helping to elect George Pataki Governor and has assisted other candidates throughout New York in subsequent election years in addition to participating in the Republican National Conventions and presidential campaigns in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Mr. Cox married Patricia Nixon in the Rose Garden of the White House in 1971. They have one child, Christopher, who is a graduate of Princeton and the New York University School of Law.

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