Joab Lesesne is senior vice president of public policy and government affairs for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.
Lesesne is responsible for developing and implementing public policy strategies for all Cox businesses and representing the company before Congress and federal government agencies. He also leads Cox’s Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Cox in 2007, he served as a vice president at Timmons and Company, where he assisted clients in formulating and implementing individualized strategies for working with Capitol Hill and the Administration. Prior to joining Timmons and Co., he served 13 years on the staff of Senator Ernest F. Hollings and from 1999 to 2005 served as the Senator’s chief of staff. In this capacity, he advised the Senator on votes, policy statements, speeches, amendments, legislation and other official business, as well as coordinated the Senator's projects and policy initiatives. He was also an attorney at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, S.C.
Lesesne is a member of the Birmingham-Southern College Alumni Board and was the 2003 recipient of the Compleat Lawyer Award. Given by the University of South Carolina's School of Law Alumni Association, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Lesesne is a member of the Wofford College Presidential Advisory Counsel.
He graduated cum laude with a degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. He earned his juris doctor from The University of South Carolina and is a member of the Bars of South Carolina and District of Columbia.