Who is Kathy Cox?
Kathy Cox is a former superintendent of public schools for the U.S. state of Georgia, and is a Republican. A high school teacher by occupation, Cox also served two terms, from 1998 to 2002, in the Georgia General Assembly, representing Peachtree City, Georgia, prior to her election as superintendent in 2002. Cox sought re-election in 2006, defeating Democratic challenger Denise Majette, earning almost 60 percent of the vote.
Cox is not related to Cathy Cox, a Democrat who was Georgia's elected secretary of state from 1999 until 2007. The similarity in names became the subject of mostly humorous news stories in 2002, when Kathy Cox's defeated opponent, Barbara Christmas, complained that she had lost because of voter confusion between the two Coxes.
On September 5, 2008, Cox became the second million-dollar winner on the American television game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. Her final question was, "Who was the longest reigning British monarch?" Cox correctly answered Queen Victoria.
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