A successful California lawyer with particular expertise in finance and international affairs, Christopher Cox was a high-ranking official in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. For 17 years, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing southern California. In addition, he served in the White House as a lawyer for President Ronald Reagan, and as the 28th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In each of these roles he was responsible for significant new laws and regulations.
During his White House service, Christopher Cox became acquainted with Dr. Vytautas Landsbergis, a Lithuanian music professor who led the Sajudis human rights movement. He worked closely with Dr. Landsbergis to win Lithuania's independence from the Soviet Union. Not long afterward, Christopher Cox became a close friend of Árpád Göncz, who had played a role in the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Both men eventually became President of their countries. Working with these men and Polish President Lech Wałęsa, Christopher Cox developed the "enterprise fund" concept through which private investment in the Baltics and Eastern Europe would replace U.S. foreign aid. Cox's successful legislation established the Baltic American Enterprise Fund and the Polish American Enterprise Fund. Then-President Lech Walesa attended a press conference in Washington, D.C. with Chris Cox to celebrate its enactment. This legislation, incorporated in the Support for Eastern European Democracy (SEED) Act, was the precursor of similar enterprise funds throughout the former Soviet Union and in other parts of the world.
By virtue of his prior business experience, Christopher Cox brought significant knowledge to these legislative and foreign policy challenges. In the early 1980s, before his first election to Congress, Christopher Cox co-founded Context Corporation, which created real-time English translations of Pravda, the state-controlled daily newspaper of the Soviet Union and the official organ of the Communist Party. On a daily basis Context Corporation, which had no connection to the Soviet Union, re-created the entire newspaper in English, including photographs, cartoons, radio and television listings, and all content, in exactly the same format as the Russian original. The English replica paper was delivered to customers in 26 countries, including universities, libraries, government agencies, and businesses.