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Rebecca Gernhardt Cox '76 in News as Husband is Nominated to Lead SEC

June 3, 2005

bush chris cox.jpgJune 3, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Rebecca Gernhardt Cox, a 1976 graduate of DePauw University, was on hand in the Roosevelt Room of the White House yesterday as President Bush named her husband, U.S. Rep. Christopher Cox, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cox would succeed William Donaldson, who resigned Wednesday.

Bush calls Cox, a Republican from California who has served 16 years in Congress and chairs the Homeland Security Committee, "a champion of the free enterprise system in Congress... He’ll be an outstanding leader of the SEC." Cox also worked as a White House counsel to former President Ronald Reagan.

A Reuters story notes, "Rebecca Cox, the congressman's wife, works at Continental Airlines [as senior vice president- government affairs] and previously was a White House staffer." The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation adds, "The son of a race car driver, Cox is married to Rebecca Gernhardt, whom he met while both worked in the Reagan White House. They have three children." Read more about her in this previous story.

The Coxes were joined by their two sons and a daughter at yesterday's announcement. Read more in this Associated Press report. Access the Reuters story here and the CBC report here.

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