Judge Lonnie Cox is the judge of the 56th district Court in Galveston County. The duties of the 56th district Court are to promote justice and to facilitate the scheduling of trials and the disposal of cases through trials or agreements.
Elected in 2004, Judge Cox has been committed to serving his community with three goals; efficient justice, following the law and keeping our community safe.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Cox was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney for Galveston County for over 10 years, with assignments as Chief Felony Prosecutor and Chief of Misdemeanor. As an Assistant District Attorney, he tried over 50 jury trials before his election to the bench.
Before his legal career, Judge Cox worked for The Lubrizol Corporation, first as an operator and later working his way up to Customer Service Supervisor for two Texas plants. Before Lubrizol, he was a musician with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Ballet. While working a full-time job and raising a family, he received a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence for the University of Houston Law School. He also has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston.
Recognized for his dedication and service, he has received two awards from Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD) as well as the Texas Gang Investigators Association Damn Good judge Award. Judge Cox has a long history of service to his community as well. He has served as President of Communities in Schools, a director of the Galveston Employees Credit Union, President of the Kiwanis Club, President of the Rotary Club, President of the Optimist Club, President of the Gideon’s Camp, is currently the Vice President of M I Lewis Social Services, a member of the Propeller Club, Galveston Beach Band, and is a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at South Main Baptist Church.
He is also a member of numerous professional organizations. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Board of Legal Specializations in Criminal Law, the College of the State Bar of Texas, a graduate of the Texas Judicial College, the Galveston Bar Association (where he served as a Director and Secretary), the Pro Bono Committee for the years 2002 and 2003, the Judicial Section of the Texas State Bar, Chair of the Galveston County Community Supervision and Correction Board, Director of the Galveston County Juvenile Probation Board, member of the Advisory Board for Rules for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Judge Cox has been appointed twice as an MDL (Multi-District Litigation) Master (handling over 40,000 cases in addition to his regular caseload). Judge Cox has also been a visiting Judge on the 1 court of Appeals.
Judge Cox’s long list of accomplishments and multiple organizations with which he is affiliated has given him many life experiences that have helped him serve his community as Judge of the 56 district Court. His experiences and working with people in the private sector have given him special insight and have taught him to be fair and courteous to all people. He recognizes an even greater need when people are experiencing the stress of legal proceedings. His courtroom is dedicated to maintaining those ideals.
With his multiple years of experience in the courtroom, having the advantage of being involved in trying cases as Assistant District Attorney, and having the perspective of being on both sides of the bench, Judge Cox knows the importance of having an efficient courtroom that allows justice without unnecessary delay. His experiences have shown him how to effectively move cases so that a fair and just outcome is achieved for all parties involved. It’s that commitment that leads to effective outcomes.
His involvement in the community has shown him every day how we must all work together for a safer community.Judge Lonnie Coxunderstands how important a safe community is for the hard-working citizens of Galveston County and is dedicated to continuing his long record of working towards and achieving that goal. He works and volunteers with multiple organizations with the goal of strengthening those ties to the community. Local Police Chiefs and Law Enforcement Associations have routinely supported and continue to support Judge Cox and his fair but firm stance against crime.
But, that goal cannot be achieved without your help. The upcoming election that will be held on Tuesday, November 3 rd, is critical. Good, dedicated public servants like Judge Lonnie Cox will need your vote at the ballot box. There are many important dates to observe in anticipation of Election Day. Here are a few to keep in mind. If you have not requested your ballot by mail, and are eligible to do so, PLEASE APPLY NOW! Also, please note that if you are not currently registered to vote, the last day you can register is October 5, 2020. The first day to vote early by personal appearance is Monday, October 19, 2020, and you can vote early at any Galveston Early Voting Center until the last day of Early Voting on Friday, October 30, 2020.
There are many reasons to get out the vote on November 3 and cast your ballot for Judge Lonnie Cox. We need to keep experienced, dedicated judges that are concerned about what’s best for the citizens of Galveston. We need courts that are run efficiently and justly.Judge Lonnie Coxhas a proven record of excellence serving in that position.
But, most of all, Judge Cox is proud to be married to Alison and a proud father to six children, grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to seven. Both personally and professionally, his dedication and hard work have helped and contributed to making Galveston County a safer place for everyone. Efficient justice, fairness to all concerned, following the law, and keeping the community safe — goals that have been the focus ofJudge Cox’s service.