Senate Passes Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s Bill to Name Post Office After Keith Cox

July 31, 2019
Press Release
Legislation Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate last night passed legislation mirroring Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s House-passed bill to name a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan “Keith” Cox, a hero of the May 31 mass shooting.

Cox was one of 12 people killed in the shooting, the worst in America so far this year. He sacrificed his own life to save others during the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

The full Virginia congressional delegation supported legislation to honor Cox’s memory by naming the post office located at 2509 George Mason Drive, not far from where the tragedy occurred. Congresswoman Luria sponsored the House version, and Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner expedited consideration in the Senate.

“I thank Senators Kaine and Warner and the entire Virginia U.S. House delegation for supporting our legislation to honor Keith Cox,” Congresswoman Luria said. “I hope the President quickly signs this bill into law so we can properly remember a true hero. This is our chance to tell Keith’s story – to showcase his bravery to our community, our Commonwealth, and our nation.”

“The Commonwealth will forever be grateful to Mr. Cox for the selfless actions he took that tragic day to protect his fellow Virginians,” Senators Kaine and Warner said in a joint statement. “It’s our hope that the President will swiftly sign this bill into law so that we can pay a proper tribute to this heroic Virginian.”

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.