Cox first received national media attention as the 'Lawnmower Man' during the 2013 government shutdown when he embarked on a one-man mission to ensure the upkeep of Washington, DC's war memorials. Following the 16-day shutdown, he sought to guarantee these monuments could not be used as political pawns in future funding negotiations. Acting as an unpaid citizen lobbyist, Cox secured broad support and the bipartisan introduction of the Monuments Protection Act in 2015 by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
Cox went on to found Bikers for Trump in 2015 as a coalition of motorcycle enthusiasts in support of then-candidate Donald Trump. Since its founding, the group has been grown to feature individual chapters for all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Israel with over 80,000 active members. President Trump has cited on multiple occasions the pivotal role Bikers for Trump played in his election and has played host to Cox numerous times, including visits to the Oval Office.
Cox, a chainsaw carving artist by trade, returned to his family's deep-rooted home of Mt. Pleasant 20 years ago after completing high school in Northern Virginia, attending University of North Carolina Wilmington, and working on a number of political causes.
Cox released the following statement regarding his candidacy:
“In 2013, I found myself compelled to action when I saw Congress and the Administration let their legislative and budgetary mess turn into a literal mess piled up on the steps of America's monuments to our fallen veterans. I wasn't willing to sit back and watch as this happened, so I did what I knew: rolled up my sleeves, mowed the grass, cut limbs blocking paths, and took out the trash.
"Now, after securing the bipartisan introduction of a bill addressing this affront to our veterans—as a volunteer citizen lobbyist—and then organizing over 80,000 bikers across the country to push President Trump to victory in 2016, I want to put to work the skills I have honed since 2013 and, once again, do what I know. This time, though, I'll be taking out the trash in Congress and taking my chainsaw to the red tape still tangling up our small businesses on behalf of my neighbors, friends, and family back in the Lowcountry.
"I am putting my hat in this race because it is unacceptable that, currently, the most populous and prosperous district of South Carolina effectively has no voice in the House of Representatives. It's no secret that I am personally a large supporter of President Trump, but as a Representative I will only be beholden to the people of the First District. So, when a time comes that the Administration's priorities and those of the Lowcountry don't align—whether it's offshore drilling near our coasts or any other policy—my constituents can be assured, and I know the President has come to expect, that I will speak my mind to protect our interests. The people of the First District deserve a representative that can deliver results and badly needed federal dollars, and I am the candidate that will give back to the Lowcountry a seat at the table with Washington decision-makers to bring our concerns back into the conversation."