Previously, Mr. Fox was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners in November 1991 having received the highest vote total of any candidate for Commissioner. In his capacity as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Mr. Fox led the fight for a decrease in property taxes after restructuring government to make it run more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he worked to establish a first-time home buyer's program, an historic open space preservation program, a Commission on Women and Families, youth intervention programs, enhanced 9-1-1 emergency communications system, and a mini-Grace Commission to reduce government spending.
Prior to his service on the Board of Commissioners, Mr. Fox was elected to represent the 153rd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 1984. He was re-elected to a second term in 1986 having won both Republican and Democratic nominations. In 1988, he was again selected as the nominee for re-election in both political parties. He was re-elected to his fourth successive term representing Abington Township and Rockledge Borough in 1990 with 79% of the vote. He received the highest vote total of any representative elected to the House of Representatives that year.
In the General Assembly, he was a member of the influential House Appropriations and Education Committees. Additionally, he served on the House Select Committees on Services for the Handicapped and Long-Term Care. He was selected Republican Chairman of the House Special Education Subcommittee. He was Mental Health Task Force Chairman of the Children's Legislative Caucus, Founder/Chairman of the Legislative Coalition Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and a member of the Legislative Coalition for Libraries and the Pennsylvania Firefighter's Legislative Caucus.
Mr Fox's legislation established an expansion of crime victims' rights, emergency telephone service on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, improvements in special education programs for the developmentally disabled and strengthened the Protection From Abuse Act to reduce domestic violence.
Prior to his election as State Representative, Mr. Fox served on the Board of Commissioners in the Township of Abington for five years (1980-1984). In that capacity, he introduced numerous programs to promote and protect the interest of our senior citizens, to foster economic development through community initiatives and established a Town Watch Council to help prevent crime.
Mr. Fox served as an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County from 1976 to 1980. In that capacity, he aggressively prosecuted numerous violent criminals and drug offenders.