Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Linda Cox, lobbyist and ex-lawmaker, dies at 61



Lcc_std Linda Cox, a Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist who served three terms in the Florida House as a Democrat, died Monday afternoon following a stroke. She would have been 62 next month.

Cox had more than 23 years experience in lobbying and was a member of the law firm of Lewis, Longman & Walker. She founded the Broward chapter of the National Organization for Women and represented a Fort Lauderdale House district from 1976-1982. She was succeeded by her legislative aide, Anne Mackenzie, who remained her close friend for the past three decades.

Img_0979_4 Among the many historic photos that line the walls of the Florida Capitol is this one from 1977, Cox's first in the House, when she and Mackenzie shared pizza and political talk on a madras sofa that was vintage 1970s.


Affectionately known simply as "Cox" to her close-knit circle, she was surrounded by friends in her room at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Monday. Survivors include her husband, Sheldon Gusky, the long-time lobbyist for Florida's public defenders, and three children.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:17pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours