Congressman TJ Cox represents California’s 21st Congressional District, located mainly in the San Joaquin Valley. In 2018, after repeated attempts by national Democrats to pick up this seat, Rep. TJ Cox defeated three-term incumbent Republican Rep. David Valadao by a narrow 0.8-point margin. Before running for Congress, Rep. Cox was an engineer and entrepreneur who had a career in international project management and construction. In 2010 founded the Central Valley NMTC Fund, which invests in socially and economically disadvantaged communities in the Central Valley. To date, Cox secured $120 million dollars for community health clinics, job training centers and other critically needed projects.
Rep. Cox spent a month in the Middle East during the First Intifada, shaping his understanding of the region and the urgent need for peace. Rep. Cox sees the two-state solution as essential in ensuring that Israel survives and thrives, and he believes that the United States should facilitate bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the peace process. In his view, the current US administration has abdicated global leadership and taken steps that, unfortunately, make the prospects for peace and stability in the region much more remote. In Congress, Rep. Cox has made Israel’s security as a Jewish and democratic state a priority. He was one of the earliest cosponsors of House Resolution 326, reaffirming Congress’s support for a two-state solution.