Missouri’s prosecutors recently gathered to honor those individuals who have performed outstanding service on behalf of Missouri’s prosecutors and the criminal justice system. Several individuals were honored at the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) Annual Meeting and Statewide Training Conference.
Rep. Stanley Cox, R-Sedalia, was the recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award. The award recognizes a legislator who has performed truly exemplary leadership in the General Assembly to protect and defend the rights of crime victims, the profession of prosecution and the criminal justice system as a whole.
Rep. Cox was honored for his outstanding work on improvements in the collection of crime victim restitution, public defender reform, the prosecution of child pornography charges, and his leadership in passing the Criminal Code Revision out of the House of Representatives.
“For many years, Representative Cox has been the most influential member of Missouri’s House of Representatives on issues related to criminal justice,” said Eric Zahnd, MAPA President and Platte County Prosecuting Attorney. “His leadership has made Missouri’s streets safer, our courts more efficient, and our laws more just. He is truly deserving of this recognition, which is given by prosecutors, but recognizes his work for the benefit of all Missourians.”
Rep. Cox is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He previously served as the Prosecuting Attorney for Pettis County.