Since being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004, Doug Cox has become one of the state’s strongest voices on health care policy. He has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of health care for all Oklahomans, and to create new opportunities for future generations of Oklahomans.
As the Legislature’s only physician, he has provided valuable insight on issues that affect the everyday lives of families and citizens. In just his first year in office, Doug Cox helped lead a comprehensive study on how to reform Oklahoma’s broken Medicaid system. In 2006, he authored legislation creating a workforce center to help the state develop a plan to meet current and future demands for health services. He has also helped to improve the standard of care for the state’s most vulnerable citizens and for children and the elderly.
In addition to being an authority on health care issues, Doug Cox has proven himself to be a strong supporter of education and economic development, and a promoter of the state’s abundant natural resources, including the Grand Lake area that he calls home.
During his 25-year medical career, Doug Cox has served as Chief of Staff for Integris Grove General Hospital and the Medical Director of Grove Emergency Medical Services. He is also a member of numerous medical organizations and has been honored as Delaware County’s “Humanitarian of the Year” and is a past recipient of the Oklahoma Family Physician’s “Family Physician of the Year” award.
Doug Cox continues to work at Grove General Hospital, even during the legislative session, often working nights and weekends. He juggles the demanding schedule out of his love for medicine and his passion for helping others, and says his time in the emergency room helps him to keep in touch with the needs of the people of his district. His wife, Drenda, also spends much of her time at the hospital, where she is a nurse.
Doug Cox earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1974, and completed his medical degree from the University of Oklahoman in 1978. He then completed his family practice residency at the Oklahoma University Tulsa Medical College in 1981.
Prior to joining the Legislature, Doug Cox served as President of the Grove School Board and sat on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. He has also served the law enforcement community as a deputy medical examiner.
In the House of Representatives, Doug Cox currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Public Health and is a member of the House committees on Education, Environment & Wildlife, and Tourism & Recreation.