Michigan Attorney General


Mike Cox (born 1961) is the 52nd Michigan Attorney General, having served since January 1, 2003. He is the first Republican in 48 years to serve as Attorney General of Michigan since Frank Millard left office in 1955. He won re-election in 2006, defeating Democratic candidate Amos Williams, an attorney from Detroit. Current Michigan Governor, Jennifer M. Granholm preceded him as the state's 51st Attorney General.

Attorney General Cox recently filed paper work to explore a bid for Governor in 2010. Currently Cox is the first person to file an exploratory committee. The Republican nominee in 2006, Dick DeVos, recently announced he is not going to seek the GOP nomination in 2010.

Attorney General Cox is known for his prominent role for taking on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Cox has opposed BCBSM supported bills and challenged BCBSM in court for the alleged transfer of nonprofit funds to purchase a for-profit company.

In 2003, Cox created a Cold Case unit to investigate and prosecute cold cases. Cox's team has had notable convictions including Coral Watts, John Rodney McRae, two brothers who killed two Oakland County hunters, two people who killed Christopher Brown, six people who murdered Janet Chandler in 1979, and most recently, Timothy Dawson who was convicted of killing his wife.

As Attorney General, Mike Cox brought two assault charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after he assaulted two Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs who stopped by his sisters home to serve a subpoena on his cousin at which time Mayor Kilpatrick came out and assaulted the deputies. The case was turned over to Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy due to the politically charged atmosphere in Wayne County as a result of the other criminal case pending against Detroit's Mayor.

Citation source: wikipedia.org

Date published: Jan 13, 2009

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