Jeffrey David Cox Sr. was elected National President at American Federation of Government Employees' 39th National Convention in Las Vegas in 2012. He was elected to a second term at the 40th National AFGE Convention in 2015. Cox began his career in healthcare in 1970.
In 1983, Cox became a registered nurse and started a public-sector career with the Department of Veterans Affairs that lasted until September 2006 when he became AFGE secretary-treasurer Cox served two consecutive terms as AFGE’s National Secretary-Treasurer (elected first in August 2006 and reelected by acclamation in August 2009). Cox was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Federal Salary Council and the Federal Prevailing Wage Council. Cox was unanimously elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Department for Professional Employees (DPE), AFL-CIO. He also chairs the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council, which seeks to help veterans with employment opportunities through the VA and in the building trades.