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Mike Cox

Assumed office 
January 1, 2003
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
Deputy Carol Isaacs (2003–05, 2006–)
Gary Gordon (2005–2006)
Preceded by Jennifer M. Granholm

Born December 30, 1961 (1961-12-30) (age 48)
Detroit, Michigan
Birth name Michael Anthony Cox
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Cox
Residence Livonia, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of Michigan Law School
Occupation Lawyer, Prosecutor
Religion Roman Catholicism
Military service
Service/branch United States Marines Corps

Mike Cox (born 1961) is the 52nd Michigan Attorney General, having served since January 1, 2003. He is the first Republican in 48 years to serve as Attorney General of Michigan since Frank Millard left office in 1955. He won re-election in 2006, defeating Democratic candidate Amos Williams, an attorney from Detroit. Current Michigan Governor, Jennifer M. Granholm preceded him as the state's 51st Attorney General.

Mike Cox has announced his candidacy for the 2010 race for Michigan's governorship. Local and national polling indicated that Cox is the front-runner for the Republican nomination and defeating his potential Democratic opponents in the 2010 gubernatorial election by comfortable margins.[1][2][3][4]

As Attorney General, Cox took a prominent role in taking on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Cox has opposed BCBSM supported bills and challenged BCBSM in court for the alleged transfer of nonprofit funds to purchase a for-profit company.[5]

In 2003, Cox created a Cold Case unit to investigate and prosecute cold cases.[6] Cox's team has had notable convictions including Coral Watts, John Rodney McRae, two brothers who killed two Oakland County hunters, two people who killed Christopher Brown, six people who murdered Janet Chandler in 1979, and most recently, Timothy Dawson who was convicted of killing his wife.[7]


2010 Campaign for Governor

Cox filed paper work to explore a bid for Governor in 2010. Currently Cox is the first person to file an exploratory committee.[8] The Republican nominee in 2006, Dick DeVos, announced he is not going to seek the GOP nomination in 2010.[9] In March, the Detroit Free Press reported that Cox led the likely Democratic challenger, Lt. Governor John D. Cherry, by 41-34%[10]. In mid April, Cox announced that his exploratory committee had set up a business and finance advisory committee. Among the names released included, Peter Karmanos, Jr, the CEO and founder of Compuware, former Michigan Chamber of Commerce President Jim Barrett, and major Republican fundraiser, C. Michael Kojaian, President of the Kojaian Companies. According to the AP story, the list included 20 other business leaders from across Michigan.[11]

On May 27, 2009, Cox formally announced his candidacy for governor on Facebook and Twitter.[12]

Cox has introduced a proposal of 92 ideas to fix Michigan's economy. This proposal calls for cutting taxes by two billion and increasing spending on higher education by one hundred eighty five million.[13]

Cox joins Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County Sheriff and former state senator, state Sen. Tom George, Congressman Peter Hoekstra and business person Rick Snyder as 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidates.



Cox favors a cut in the business tax by half and suggests reversing income tax increases.[13]


Cox wants to return to 2002 levels in higher education spending.[13]


Cox favors removing ten percent of the current twenty one billion dollars in state contracts out of the system.[13]

Detroit Mayor's Mansion party

Cox played a role in aftermath of the Detroit Mayor Mansion party where strippers were alleged to have been present and allegedly assaulted; one dancer was murdered shortly after.[14][15][16]

Citing no evidence, no proof, and no witnesses, Cox closed an investigation by the State of Michigan into allegations of a "wild party" at Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's residence (known as the Manoogian Mansion).[17][18] The Michigan State Police continued their own separate investigation.

Cox interviewed the Mayor with his chief criminal prosecutor.[17] The police noted that Cox insisted on interviewing the former mayor alone without MSP present, because there were allegations of media leaks.[19] State police officers have testified that they had strong leads that needed to be followed regarding the Manoogian Mansion party, that the state police believed that the Detroit Police Department was destroying evidence in the case, but "because of actions by Attorney General Mike Cox, they were powerless to stop them."[20][21] IIn a state police memo, the state police revealed that they had wanted to interview the mayor and the mayor's wife, but because the attorney general "shut down" the investigation they could not get subpoenas, could not get witnesses to cooperate and could not get medical records.[14] In response, Cox said he didn't care, the police could have "went"[22] to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy if they wanted subpoenas and that criticism of him was "absolute bullshit" and that you may quote him on that. After talking about what he called the thoroughness of the investigation, Cox attempted to explain his actions in closing the investigation without interviewing the alleged assault perpetrator by saying that that the Manoogian Mansion party assault allegations were "only" about a misdemeanor so that the state police didn't need to interview the alleged assault perpetrator. In addition, Cox said that newspaper reporters (who lack subpoena power to further investigate a case in which evidence was allegedly being destroyed) didn't find evidence that the police did not find.[23]

7 years after the investigation it has not been proven to have occurred.[17] However, after the investigation was shut down by Mike Cox, new evidence has come to light, including an allegation by a records' clerk at the police department that she saw a police report alleging an assault at the manoogian mansion[24] and an allegation by the chief of police from a nearby city that he was invited to the party and allegations of a witness to the scene at the hospital when the assault victim arrived for treatment with what appeared to be the then-mayor's security detail running escort which witness was told by a coworker that he victim had been beaten by the mayor's wife[25]

Adultery law

Cox received nationwide press in 2007 when the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that adultery could, at least in theory, be prosecuted as first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a resulting life in prison sentence. This unanimous decision was reached as a result of an appeal sought by Cox's office on a drug case that touched in part on this strange loophole in the law.[26][27] In November 2005, Cox himself admitted to committing adultery while accusing Oakland County lawyer Geoffrey Fieger of blackmail, claiming that he threatened to reveal the affair if Cox did not drop an investigation into Fieger's alleged campaign finance violations.[28][29] Cox said his personal conduct was "inexcusable" and had reconciled with his wife.

Pursuant to MCL 750.31, however, only Cox himself, his wife, or parties to the marriage (if any) of the co-adulterer or adulterers with whom he committed felonies may pursue a complaint for prosecution of felony adultery. Cox did not recuse himself from the decision to file a complaint for prosecution of his adultery notwithstanding the apparent conflict of interest.[18]


  1. ^ "Poll: Cox leads Michigan governor's race". LegalNewsline. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Republicans Show Startling Strength in Race for Michigan Governor — Michael Barone". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Michigan Governor — Rasmussen Reports™". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ "MI Gov Poll: Cox Takes Double-Digit Lead — Real Clear Politics –". 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  5. ^ Ansett, Pat (April 29, 2008). "Cox criticizes changes that Blue Cross seeks.". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ Donnelly, Francis X. (June 12, 2006). "Cracking cold cases becomes police priority.". The Detroit News. 
  7. ^ Deiters, Barton (November 6, 2008). "Murder victim's family relieved after Timothy Dawson convicted for 2004 murder of his wife.". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ "VOTE 2010: Mike Cox considers a run for Governor.". WZZM 13. November 6, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ Bell, Dawon (November 8, 2008). "DeVos rules out 2010 run for governor.". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ Bell, Dawon (March 13, 2009). "GOP's field of 3 leads Cherry in 2010 governor race". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 12, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Cox campaign gets help from Compuware head, others". Chicago Tribune. April 13, 2009.,0,4387664.story. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Mike Cox for Governor 2010". 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  13. ^ a b c d Mark Hornbeck (2009-09-08). "Cox proposes 92 ideas for turning Michigan around". Detroit News. 
  14. ^ a b "Looking Back At AG's Manoogian Investigation || | WXYZ-TV / Detroit | Detroit News, Weather, Sports and More". 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Timeline of the Mayor Kilpatrick Scandal — Timeline of the Mayor Kilpatrick Scandal". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  17. ^ a b c "Cox states case on Manoogian probe | | Detroit Free Press". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  18. ^ a b "News+Views: Cox in a box". Metro Times. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  19. ^ "Looking Back At AG's Manoogian Investigation || | WXYZ-TV / Detroit | Detroit News, Weather, Sports and More". 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  20. ^ "Detective Testifies In Greene Suit — Detroit Local News Story — WDIV Detroit". 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  21. ^ "Detectives Reveal Details About Greene Death — Video — WDIV Detroit". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  22. ^ "Attorney General Mike Cox on accusation he interfered with murder investigation of Detroit stripper Tamara Greene: 'This is crap'". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  23. ^ "Oosting, Jonathan. "Attorney General Mike Cox on accusation he interfered with murder investigation of Detroit stripper Tamara Greene: 'This is crap'" Oct. 23, 2009". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  24. ^ "Former police clerk says she saw stripper's police report of Manoogian assault | Grand Rapids News Archives —". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  25. ^ 13 februari 2008. "MANOOGIAN MANSION PARTY Ch 4 INVESTIGATION". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  26. ^ "Life sentence for adultery? Could be / Furor in Michigan when appeals judge says that's exactly what state law means - SFGate". 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  27. ^ "Judge's Footnote On Adultery Stirs a Tempest In Michigan". Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ "Mich. Attorney General Acknowledges Affair". 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 

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Preceded by
Jennifer Granholm
Michigan Attorney General
2003 – Present
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