Kirk Cox

Del. Kirk Cox spoke to members of the Longwood Student Government Association in May.

Find an issue you are passionate about, volunteer on a campaign or for a candidate you believe in, become an active leader in the local community and read a lot of books.

Those were the four pieces of advice Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox imparted to members of the Longwood Student Government Association as he encouraged them to pursue public service.

In his remarks at the SGA’s end-of-the-year banquet in May, Cox focused on returning civility to political discourse and the importance of younger generations becoming involved in the legislative and political process. The Republican speaker, a longtime educator as well as legislative leader, asked students to consider a career in public service, which he said is still a noble and courageous calling, especially in Virginia’s citizen legislature.

“I really would challenge you ... to get involved in the process,” Cox said. “You’ve gotten tremendous training and experience as citizen leaders, and we really need you. If your generation doesn’t step up to take up a leadership role, we’re not going to have the leaders that we need. I hope you will be one of those leaders.”

Cox, whose oldest son graduated from Longwood in 2014, was introduced by SGA President Kevin Napier ’18, who said he has known Cox since he was in elementary school. Napier is a kinesiology major. 

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