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Paul Joseph Cook (born March 3, 1943) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for California's 8th congressional district since 2013. Previously, he served as a member of California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012 and on the Yucca Valley city council from 1998 until 2006. He is a Republican.

Paul Cook
Paul Cook, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Nancy Pelosi
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 65th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Russ Bogh
Succeeded by Sharon Quirk-Silva
Personal details
Born Paul Joseph Cook
(1943-03-03) March 3, 1943 (age 74)
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jeanne Cook
Residence Yucca Valley, California, U.S.
Alma mater California State University, San Bernardino
Southern Connecticut State University
University of California, Riverside
Occupation Professor
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart (2)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War

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Early life, education, and military careerEdit

Cook was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1943. He was raised in Meriden and did not permanently move to California until the end of his military career. In 1966, he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, earning a B.S. in teaching. Later that year, he joined the United States Marine Corps. As an infantry officer, Cook served in the Vietnam War.[2]

He later earned an MPA from California State University, San Bernardino in 1996 and a master's in political science from University of California Riverside in 2000. His actions in combat earned him many honors, including the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He served in the Marine Corps for 26 years.[3]

Academic careerEdit

From 1993–1994, he was Director of Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. From 1998-2002, he was a professor at Copper Mountain College. Cook taught courses on political violence and terrorism at University of California Riverside since 2002.[4]

California AssemblyEdit

ElectionsEdit

In 2006, Cook ran for California's 65th Assembly District. Cook won a five candidate Republican primary field with 29% of the vote.[5] In the general election, Cook defeated Democrat Rita Ramirez-Dean 60%–37%.[6] In 2008, he won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat Carl Wood 53%–47%.[7][8] In 2010, he won re-election to a third term, defeating Wood again 58%–42%.[9]

TenureEdit

The 65th district included the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear Lake, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Perris, San Jacinto, Sun City, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley and other smaller communities and unincorporated areas in Riverside County and San Bernardino County.

The California Chamber of Commerce and the California Taxpayers Association gave Cook a perfect 100% rating from 2007-2011.[10] In 2010, Democratic Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez appointed Cook to chair the Veterans Affairs Committee, the first time a Democratic speaker had appointed a Republican to chair a committee since 2002.[11]

Committee assignmentsEdit

  • Accountability and Administrative Review Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Emergency Management Committee
  • Governmental Organization Committee
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Inland Empire Transportation Issues Committee
  • Master Plan for Higher Education
  • Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry Committee
  • Sunset Review Committee
  • Veterans Affairs Committee (Chair)[12]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

2012 campaignEdit

In January 2012, 34-year incumbent Jerry Lewis announced he would not seek re-election in November. Cook entered the primary for the district, which had been renumbered from the 41st to the 8th in redistricting. He finished second in the 13-candidate all-party open primary. He earned 15% of the vote. Fellow Republican and conservative activist Gregg Imus ranked first with 16% of the vote.[13] Cook was endorsed by the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) past presidents, the San Bernardino Sun, National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, the County Farm Bureau, state Assemblyman Steve Knight, state Senator Sharon Runner, and U.S. Congressman Ed Royce.[14] In the November election, Cook defeated Imus 58%–42%.[15]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus MembershipsEdit

  • Congressional Cement Caucus

Cook is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Cook resides in Yucca Valley with his wife, Jeanne.[10]

Electoral historyEdit

California State Assembly 65th District Republican Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook 10,193 28.8
Republican Brenda Salas 8,062 22.8
Republican Jim Ayres 7,870 22.1
Republican Robin Lowe 7,648 21.5
Republican Ken Smith 1,711 4.8
California State Assembly 65th District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook 67,669 60.0
Democratic Rita Ramirez-Dean 41,906 37.1
Peace and Freedom John Taleb 3,358 2.
California State Assembly 65th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook (inc.) 93,566 53.3
Democratic Carl Wood 82,305 46.7
California State Assembly 65th District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook (inc.) 78,475 57.9
Democratic Carl Wood 57,212 42.1
California's 8th Congressional District Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gregg Imus 12,754 15.6
Republican Paul Cook 12,517 15.3
Republican Phil Liberatore 12,277 15.0
Democratic Jackie Conaway 11,674 14.3
Republican Brad Mitzelfelt 8,801 10.8
Democratic John Pinkerton 7,941 9.1
Republican Angela Valles 4,924 6.0
Republican Ryan McEachron 3,181 3.9
Independent Anthony Adams 2,750 3.4
Republican Bill Jensen 1,850 2.3
Republican George Craig 1,376 1.7
Republican Joseph Napolitano 1,050 1.3
Republican Dennis Albertsen 761 0.9
California's 8th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook 103,093 57.4
Republican Gregg Imus 76,551 42.6
California's 8th Congressional District Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook (inc.) 40,007 58.1
Democratic Bob Conaway 12,885 18.7
Republican Paul Hannosh 9,037 13.1
Democratic Odessia Lee 6,930 10.1
California's 8th Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook (inc.) 77,480 67.6
Democratic Bob Conaway 37,056 32.4
California's 8th Congressional District Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Cook (inc.) 50,425 42.0
Democratic Rita Ramirez 26,325 21.9
Republican Tim Donnelly 24,886 20.7
Democratic John Pinkerton 11,780 9.8
Democratic Roger La Plante 6,661 5.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paul Cook at Project Vote Smart
  2. ^ "Biography of Col. Paul Cook (Ret.)". Cook.house.gov. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paul Cook, R (Calif.-8th)". Roll Call. October 10, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "California, 8th House District". NationalJournal.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "CA State Assembly 65 – R Primary Race – Jun 06, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "CA State Assembly 65 Race – Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "CA State Assembly 65 Race – Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ York, Anthony. "Legislative results include warning signs for Assembly Republicans". Capitol Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  9. ^ "CA State Assembly 65 Race – Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  10. ^ a b "Biography". joinpaulcook.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Assemblyman Cook Named Chair Of Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee". Republican.assembly.ca.gov. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Paul Cook". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  13. ^ "CA – District 08 – Open Primary Race – Jun 05, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  14. ^ "Join Paul Cook Blog | Thoughts from Colonel Paul Cook". Paul Cook. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "CA – District 08 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 

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