In an email sent out to Party grassroots leadership on Sunday, Laura Cox officially entered the race to become Michigan's next GOP Chair.

She wrote:


Dear friends,

Last Tuesday was disappointing.  But 2020 is right around the corner and we need to start working today to make sure we keep Michigan Republican for President Trump.  I am reaching out to let you know that I am running for Chair of the Michigan Republican Party.  I am asking for your support, so that together we can do the important work needed to win for President Trump, our shared ideals, all of our Republican candidates, and our Nation in 2020.

So who am I and why support me?

I am a 54-year old mom of four, “mimy” to two granddaughters, and wife to Mike, my best friend for 28 years now. And fittingly just after Veteran’s Day weekend, I am a daughter of Navy sailor, wife of a Marine infantryman, mom to another marine (a daughter, no less) who served 13 months in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 and 2005, and my baby boy is in his first year at the Naval Academy. I cannot match their military service, but I did serve 13 years as an ICE special agent who did drug and money laundering cases.  (In fact, I would not give Mike my real name when we first started dating because I was undercover)

I spent years as a precinct delegate, treasurer for my county party, and as chair for the 11th Congressional District. Like you I knocked on doors, made the phone calls, and volunteered for our Republican Party candidates. After helping others, I ran and became the only Republican member on Wayne County Commission. There I did battle everyday with Democrats in the war between conservatism and liberalism. And with a little grit and the support of Republican activists like you, I won more than we should have.

I am now in my second term in the House of Representatives where I am the first woman in Michigan history to serve as House Appropriations chair. I have been a tough conservative leader who fights hard for our principles.


I have never been afraid to go toe-to-toe with my Democrat opponents.  I have debated them every election and feel that Republicans don’t do enough to take our great Republican message to voters directly during a campaign.  If you aren’t willing to debate a Democrat, how can you convince voters that Republican issues are the better way?


Last year newly elected Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey asked me to run for the state Senate seat in Wayne County. While we knocked on tens of thousands of doors, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, we lost narrowly on Wednesday morning against an opponent whose sole issue was that I supported President Trump.

That loss left a bitter taste in my mouth. I want to make sure that Democrats and whatever “democratic socialist” they nominate - Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or the next Karl Marx - has the same bitter taste in their mouths in November of 2020 after President Trump is re-elected, Gary Peters is defeated, and our ideals of limited government and personal responsibility make America even greater.

But this isn’t about me, this is about we. 

Together, we will work hard everyday to make sure President Trump is re-elected. Working together, we can make sure Republicans win up and down the ballot and our Republican agenda keeps advancing. We need to have fearless activists that will be willing to challenge Democrats and debate them so voters can see the clear choice.

I am asking for your support for State Party Chair. In the coming days, weeks and months I'll be reaching out to many of you to get your feedback on where you think we need to go and what needs to be done.  I appreciate the hard work of Ron Weiser who has sacrificed to get us the resources we needed in 2018.  We have to work hard in 2020 to make sure President Trump is re-elected along Republicans all across Michigan.

I look forward to speaking with you. Please call at 734-237-8726 or email me at  Together, we can be successful in 2020 as we roll up our sleeves to win.  Thank you for your consideration and God Bless our Great Nation.


Laura Cox