|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from California's 21st district
January 3, 2019
Terrance John Cox
July 18, 1963
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
|Education||University of Nevada, Reno (BS)|
Southern Methodist University (MBA)
Terrance John Cox (born July 18, 1963) is an American engineer, businessman, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from California's 21st congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Cox was born in Walnut Creek, California. His father, who taught chemical engineering, immigrated from China and his mother is from the Philippines. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986  and later attained his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He started two businesses that process nuts. He also managed a community development enterprise.
In the 2018 elections, Cox again ran for the United States House of Representatives, this time in California's 21st congressional district. Cox began this congressional bid in 2017, competing in California's 10th district primary race (CA-10) against several other Democratic candidates.
However, Democrat Emilio Huerta (the only Democratic challenger in CA-21) withdrew from the CA-21 race immediately prior to the filing deadline to appear on the primary election ballot. Cox withdrew from the CA-10 race to instead run in CA-21 against incumbent Representative David Valadao. He and Valadao advanced from the June 5 top-two primary election to the November 6 general election.
On election night, and for several days after the election, Valadao had more votes, but Cox's vote count pulled into the lead on November 26. By November 28, major news sources called the race for Cox, with Valadao conceding the race the following week. Cox's victory was considered an upset, as most election forecasters rated Valadao as the favorite.
|Republican||David Valadao (incumbent)||34,290||62.8|
|Republican||David Valadao (incumbent)||56,377||49.6|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
Born in Walnut Creek, California to immigrant parents -- his mother Perla De Castro from the Philippines, and half-Chinese father from China -- Cox is among several congressional Filipino candidates who advanced to California's general elections.
Cox, 55, is an engineer by training and local business owner who founded two nut-processing companies.
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