POLITICS: Cox named to health board

Clay Cox is back in the political arena.

On Friday, the same day the Daily Post ran a feature on the former legislator's time as the oldest member of a minor-league football team, Cox was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Board of Community Health.

The board oversees the state's administration of Medicaid and could have a part in the way the controversial health care legislation from Washington, known as Obamacare, is implemented, Cox said.

"I'm honored the governor would appoint me to the board," Cox said. "I'm going to focus on ... making sure health care is affordable and Georgians have access to it."

Cox, the former chairman of the House Human Relations and Aging Committee, left office last year after three terms in the General Assembly, when he ran an unsuccessful race for Congress.

He is the second former Gwinnett legislator to get an appointment from Gov. Deal, as former Rep. Melvin Everson, who left his position for an unsuccessful race for labor commissioner, was tapped to head the Governor's Office of Workforce Development.

By the way, Deal also gave a job Friday to Eric Johnson, the former Senate Republican leader who was one of his competitors for the governor's job last year. The architect from Savannah was named to the Board of Economic Development.

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