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Former U.S. Attorney

United States Attorney Stephen Cox

Former United States Attorney Stephen J. Cox

Stephen J. Cox is the 39th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX).  Cox was appointed by the Court as U.S. Attorney on September 28, 2020, having received unanimous approval of the District Judges.  He previously served under an Attorney General appointment that went into effect June 1, 2020.

As the chief federal law enforcement officer in EDTX, Cox supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the United States has an interest. As U.S. Attorney, Cox leads a staff of over 120 prosecutors, civil litigators, and support personnel located in Beaumont, Plano, Tyler, Sherman, Lufkin, and Texarkana.

Before being appointed as U.S. Attorney, Cox served as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff within the Department’s Office of the Associate Attorney General.  In his role, Cox spearheaded numerous policy reforms relating to corporate enforcement and regulatory reform, as well as overseeing several Department matters relating to financial fraud and healthcare fraud.  He also served as vice chair of the Deputy Attorney General’s working group on corporate enforcement and accountability, and as executive director of the Department’s regulatory reform task force.

Previously, Cox served on the William H. Webster Commission on the FBI, Counterterrorism, Intelligence, and the Events of Fort Hood, and as a senior advisor to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Cox has also spent time in private practice, dealing with white collar investigations, ethics and compliance, and regulatory matters.

Cox has a B.S. degree from the Texas A&M University and J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.  He is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars.

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Updated January 21, 2021