A former White House attorney for President Reagan, Cox was elected in 1988 and has risen to become the fifth-highest ranking Republican in Congress.
* Political party: Republican
* Age: 46
* Residence: Newport Beach
* Education: B.A., political science and English, USC, 1973; M.A., J.D. Harvard University, 1977.
* Career highlights: Forced the first vote on term limits, 1991. Pushed law to limit appeals in death-penalty cases, 1995. Wrote ban on taxing the Internet. Appointed chairman of Republican Policy Committee.
* Priorities: Seek across-the-board tax relief. Simplify tax laws. Repeal estate and gift taxes. Reform budget process. Support teacher competency testing, more money for classrooms, charter schools, tax-free education savings. Provide liability protection for those working to fix Year 2000 problems. Save Social Security. Protect Upper Newport Bay. Speed up cleanup of Superfund sites.