Meet Kirk

Kirk Cox is a retired public school teacher, coach, and proven conservative winner.

He holds the bluest seat of any Republican in the Virginia General Assembly, has a 30-year track record of defending and advancing conservative principles like the Second Amendment and the cause of life.

Everyone who knows Kirk, will tell you that he is passionate, caring, and dedicated to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and its people.

After a lifetime of fighting for Virginia, Kirk is not willing to let partisan politicians tear down everything we built. And as discouraging as things may look right now, he’s not willing to give up our future yet either.

He’s running for Governor to fight back against liberal overreachand lead Virginia forward to the future we deserve.


Kirk Cox was born and raised in the Tri-Cities. His mother was a public school teacher. After graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, he returned back to the Tri-Cities area to teach.

For 30 years, Kirk taught U.S. and Virginia government to middle and high school students. He taught in Petersburg and Prince George, before spending most of his career at Manchester High School in Chesterfield.

Kirk believed that to become a better teacher, he needed first hand experience. So he became active in the Republican party, working to re-elect President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and then went on to work on the gubernatorial campaign of Virginia’s 1985 Republican nominee, Wyatt Durrette. A few years later, Kirk would run for the House of Delegates, defeating an up and coming Democrat with statewide ambitions.

Kirk also served as a youth sports coach for many years, using sports to teach kids the character, integrity, and the value of hard work. He coached baseball and basketball, and today still enjoys watching the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. Fiercely competitive, Kirk still plays golf, ping pong and disc golf with his sons.

Throughout his time in the House of Delegates, Kirk emerged as a loyal conservative leader. He worked passionately on issues related to public schools and education, college affordability, mental and behavioral health, veterans and economic growth, all while fiercely defending conservative principles. He has a lifetime A rating from the NRA, and has consistently been recognized as a leading pro-life advocate.

Because of his tenacity and leadership, Kirk rose through the ranks becoming Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and eventually Speaker of the House of Delegates. During his time as Speaker, Virginia cut taxes by $1.2 billion, froze tuition at colleges and universities for the first time in 20 years, eliminated all state funding for Planned Parenthood, and held back far-left proposals on gun control and abortion. While Kirk was Speaker, Democrats introduced legislation to make abortion legal up until the moment of birth. Kirk spoke passionately on the floor of the House of Delegates and the bill was defeated under his leadership. Democrats also tried to pass strict gun control measures, all of which were defeated by Kirk and the Republican House of Delegates he led.

Kirk is a winner. He holds the bluest seat of any Republican in the General Assembly, and was one of the only suburban Republicans to survive the blue wave of 2019. Even after federal judges redrew his district to give Democrats an advantage, and even after national democrats helped raise and spend over $1.5 million to defeat him, Kirk still won.

Now, Kirk is ready to fight back and become Virginia’s next Governor. His life experiences as a teacher and coach, proven conservative track record, and ability to win against insurmountable odds make him the right candidate for Republicans in 2021.

Kirk and his wife Julie live in Colonial Heights. They have four adult children. The Coxes attend The Heights Baptist Church where Kirk serves as a Deacon.


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