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Jon D. Fox


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
Succeeded by Joe Hoeffel

Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 153rd district
In office
January 5, 1985 – January 16, 1992
Preceded by Joe Hoeffel
Succeeded by Martin L. Laub

Born April 22, 1947 (1947-04-22) (age 62)
Abington, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

Jon D. Fox (born April 22, 1947) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Jon Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA in 1969, and earned a J.D. from the Delaware School of Law (now Widener University School of Law), in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1975. He served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1969 to 1975. He held positions with the General Services Administration, and was a guest lecturer for the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans. From 1976 to 1984 he was assistant district attorney.

In 1984, he made his first successful run at political office, winning a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He would serve in the House until 1991 when he challenged the incumbent GOP commissioners for the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners in the 1991 primary election. Fox and Mario Mele defeated the incumbents and went on to win the general election.[1] However, Fox, who believed that he would be elected chairman, was surprised when Mele nominated himself for the job with Democratic Commissioner Joe Hoeffel seconding.[2]

In 1992, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Democrat Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, losing by less than 1,400 votes.[3] However, Fox sought a rematch in 1994 and with Mezvinsky saddled with a vote for a tax increase, Fox became part of the 1994 Republican Revolution.[4]

Fox was re-elected once, in 1996, over Democrat Joe Hoeffel. His margin of victory was a mere 84 votes out of nearly 250,000 cast.[5] In 1998, three Republicans, Michael McGonagle, Melissa Brown and Jonathan Newman challenged him in the GOP primary. Fox staved off the internal challenge but now faced Hoeffel in a rematch for the general election.[6] Fox also faced a backlash after the impeachment of President Clinton; the 13th, once a Republican stronghold, had become increasingly friendly to Democrats in the 1990s. In November, Fox was unable to overcome the challenges his campaign faced, losing 51.6%-46.6%.[7]

In 2004, State Representative Ellen Bard gave up her seat to run for Congress and Fox was tapped to try and retain her seat. Fox faced newcomer Josh Shapiro in a district that was increasingly favorable for Democrats. His campaign did not gain traction with the electorate, and he was defeated 54.3%-44.7%.[8]

Fox resides in Abington with wife and son. He is active in the Republican Party as the Area Chairman for Abington Township. He practices law and also works as an instructor at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district

1995–1999
Succeeded by
Joe Hoeffel
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Hoeffel
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 153rd District
1985–1992
Succeeded by
Martin L. Laub

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