Keynote Speaker

John Cox

John Cox is a businessman and the Republican nominee for California Governor in 2018 earning nearly 5 million votes, more than any GOP nominee since Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. 


Raised by a single mom on the south side of Chicago, John is a Californian by choice, deeply committed to restoring the Golden State to what it once was, and can be again. 


John built his own business from scratch to a $200 million enterprise with almost 100 employees. He turned around a major food service manufacturing company, restored it to profitability and saved jobs. He is active in charitable organizations, and serves as a Board member for the San Diego USO. John also founded an organization that repairs the homes of low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities. Since 1991, that organization has mobilized 20,000 volunteers and repaired over 1,000 homes.


John Cox is concerned with the special interests controlling Sacramento’s political class. Those special interests, and the politicians they bankroll, have given us the highest income tax as well as the highest poverty rate in the nation. They have wrecked our once-proud school system, driven small business owners to relocate their business and jobs to other states, and utterly failed to build the water storage facilities we need to manage California’s abundant water supplies. He remains engaged and committed to California and making positive change. 


John has four daughters and lives with his wife Sarah in San Diego where they are active in and attend Nativity Catholic Church.