Hon. Paula A Cox, JP, MP
Minister Paula Ann Cox, JP, MP is the PLP MP for Constituency 14 - Devonshire North West.
Minister Cox was first elected to Parliament as a Devonshire North MP, in a bye-election in October 1996. This followed the death of the former Opposition Leader, L. Frederick Wade, JP, MP on August 13, 1996. Currently Minister Cox is the Minister of Finance.
She has had varied experience in Government having held a number of portfolios. She has served in a number of Cabinet portfolios. Under the premiership of the Honourable Jennifer Smith, JP, MP, now Dame Jennifer Smith, Minister Paula Cox was appointed as the first PLP Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety. She and her father, the late C. Eugene Cox, JP, MP were unique as both were Ministers in the first PLP administration and the only serving father-daughter duo.
Minister Cox has gained respect across party lines for her brilliance as an articulate young lawyer and administrator. While the Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety, she was named in the Bermudians’ Best of Bermuda Gold annual listing as the most effective politician for 2001.
She was appointed Minister of Education and Development on November 1, 2001.
Following the July 2003 General Election, Ms. Cox was appointed as Attorney-General and Minister of Education. She served in this dual portfolio until January 2004. In 2003 she was again cited in the Bermudian’s Best of Gold’s annual listing as the most effective politician.
In 2003, while Minister Cox was currently serving as the Attorney-General and Minister of Education and Development, Wheelock College invited Minister Paula Cox to accept an honourary doctorate in Education. Minister Cox received this honourary degree at the May 2004 Wheelock Commencement exercise.
In January 2004, after the death of her father, the former Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, the late C. Eugene Cox, CBE, JP, MP, Minister Paula Cox was appointed the Minister of Finance.
In her professional life, Minister Paula Cox as a lawyer, is Corporate Counsel, at ACE Limited. She previously worked as Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel of Global Funds Services at The Bank of Bermuda Limited. This impeccable background, allows her to give the PLP Government and Party a strong voice in international financial matters, particularly with her expertise in the field of international law and international business organisation.
Ms. Paula Cox for many years was one of the closest aides of the late Opposition Leader, Hon. L. Frederick Wade. She was his first Shadow Parliamentary Secretary, and at the same time the PLP’s Public Relations Officer.
Ms. Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University, a post-graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Manchester, England and is a member of the Bermuda Bar, having trained in the United Kingdom as a Solicitor.
Minister Cox is the only daughter of retired educator Mrs. F. Alinda Cox. She is married to a businessman from the Cameroons, Mr. Germain Nkeuleu and she has two brothers, Jeremy Cox, the Supervisor of Insurance at the Bermuda Monetary Authority and Robert Cox, an electrical engineer, who currently works in the United States.