Byron Cook

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Byron Cook
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Texas House of Representatives, District 8
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sNavarro College
Personal
BirthdayApril 8, 1954
ProfessionBusinessman/rancher
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Byron Cook is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Cook earned his associate's degree from Navarro College and is a businessman and a rancher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cook served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars
State Affairs, Chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cook served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 728 - Relating to the creation of a county court at law in Navarro County.
  • HB 1682 - Relating to the creation of a county court at law in Navarro County.
  • HB 3105 - Relating to the release on parole or revocation of parole or mandatory supervision of certain inmates placed in certain residential facilities.
  • HB 3958 - Relating to the administrative personnel, human resources, and payroll functions of state schools for persons with mental retardation.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Byron Cook defeated Bobby Vickery and Charles Morgan in the Republican primary. Cook defeated John Wilford (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngByron Cook Incumbent 87.9% 25,897
     Libertarian John Wilford 12.1% 3,581
Total Votes 29,478

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cook won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 8. Cook defeated Bobby Vickery in the May 29 primary election and defeated Charles E. Morgan (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngByron Cook Incumbent 73% 35,996
     Democratic Charles Morgan 27% 13,339
Total Votes 49,335
Texas House of Representatives District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngByron Cook Incumbent 62% 9,600
Bobby Vickery 38% 5,885
Total Votes 15,485

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cook won re-election to the 8th District seat, defeating Charles Morgan on the Democratic ticket in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6] He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary.

Texas House of Representatives, District 8
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Byron Cook (R) 22,969 74.39%
Charles Morgan (D) 7,906 25.6%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 8, unopposed.[6]

Cook raised $287,914 for his campaign.[7]

Texas State House of Representatives, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bryon Cook (R) 34,524

2006

On November 4, 2006, Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 8, defeating opponent Sharon Cade Davis (D).[6]

Cook raised $208,891 for his campaign while Cade raised $38,405.[8]

Texas State House of Representatives, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Byron Cook (R) 17,767
Sharon Cade Davis (D) 12,938

2004

On November 4, 2004, Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 8. He was unopposed in that election.[6]

Cook raised $73,079 for his campaign.[9]

Texas State House of Representatives, District 3 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Byron Cook (R) 33,181

2002

On November 4, 2002, Cook won election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 8, defeating opponent George Robinson (D).[6]

Cook raised $309,230 for his campaign while Robinson raised $241,865.[10]

Texas State House of Representatives, District 3 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Byron Cook (R) 17,411
George Robinson (D) 14,126

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $1,686,590 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[11]

Byron Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 8 Won $504,233
2010 Texas State House, District 8 Won $303,243
2008 Texas State House, District 8 Won $287,914
2006 Texas State House, District 8 Won $208,891
2004 Texas State House, District 8 Won $73,079
2002 Texas State House, District 8 Won $309,230
Grand Total Raised $1,686,590

2012

Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $504,233.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Byron Cook's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$22,500
AT&T$20,000
Time Warner Cable$15,000
Waste Control Specialists LLC$10,000
Ray II, Jay Richard$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$504,233
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $303,243.

2008

Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $287,914.

2006

Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $208,891.

2004

Cook won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $73,079.

2002

Cook won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $309,230.

Endorsements

2014

As of February 22, 2014, Cook's website mirrored his 2012 endorsements.

2012

In 2012, Cook's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
  • National Rifle Association
  • Texas State Rifle Association
  • Texas Association of Business
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • Texas Apartment Association

  • Texas Public Employees Association
  • Texas Civil Justice League
  • Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives
  • Texas Association of Builders
  • Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
  • Texas Homecare & Hospice PAC
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Texas Hospital Association (HOSPAC)
  • Manufacturers PAC of Texas (MPACT)
  • Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[13] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[14]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Cook received a score of 42 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D+ that Cook received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Byron Cook received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Texas House District 8
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