LAS VEGAS - J. David Cox today was elected national president of the American Federation of Government Employees during the union´s 39th National Convention in Las Vegas.
Eugene Hudson Jr. was elected National-Secretary Treasurer, while Augusta Thomas was reelected National Vice President for Women´s and Fair Practices.
The national officers will be sworn in Thursday morning.
Cox rises to the union´s top position after serving two consecutive terms as AFGE´s National Secretary-Treasurer, where he helped the union add more than 52,000 new members and expand the size and scope of AFGE´s political action committee and its legislative action fund.
Cox said he would work on strengthening the union by embracing the union´s diverse membership and building consensus among members.
"The strength of unity is the only way we are going to fight back against the anti-government and anti-union forces that want to dismantle the vital programs and services federal employees provide each and every day to millions of Americans," Cox said. "I am honored and humbled that AFGE´s members chose me to lead this fight."
Hudson has served as National Vice President for the 12th District since 1999. The 12th District represents nearly 33,000 members across 100 AFGE Locals in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
Thomas was first elected National Vice President for Women´s and Fair Practices in August 2009. Previously she was Fair Practices coordinator for AFGE´s 6th District, which represents employees in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.