J. David Cox Sr.
J. David Cox Sr. has served as National President of the American Federation of Government Employees since August 2012. A native of North Carolina, Cox began his public sector service as a registered nurse with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1983. As AFGE president, Cox has invested heavily in growing AFGE’s membership, capping 25 years of consecutive growth by reaching 300,000 members in 2015. Under Cox’s leadership, AFGE has developed a strategic plan to chart the union’s direction for the next decade. The plan, called Big Enough to Win, is organized around four key strategies: Organizing and Growth, Legislative Mobilization, Political Strength, and Creating Strong Effective Locals. Cox was appointed by President Obama to the Federal Salary Council and Federal Prevailing Wage Council. He also chairs the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council and the Executive Committee of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO. He is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and Vice President of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO. Cox is the proud recipient of numerous awards honoring his commitment to the labor movement, including the Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award, the Martin Luther King Jr./Jesse L. Jackson Labor Leader Award, and the Peggy Browning Award for Social Justice Advocacy.