Donald Cookman

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Donald Cookman
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West Virginia State Senate District 15
In office
January 31, 2013-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 1
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJanuary 23, 2013
Appointed byGov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chief Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit
1993 – 2013
High schoolRomney High School
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University
J.D.West Virginia University College of Law (1971)
Office website
Donald H. Cookman is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 15. Cookman was first appointed to the chamber on January 31, 2013, by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to fill the vacancy left by Walt Helmick (D).[1]


Cookman attended Romney High School and earned his bachelor's and law degrees at West Virginia University. He served as Chief Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit from 1993 to January 23, 2013. Cookman is an attorney.[2]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Enrolled Bills, Chair
Interstate Cooperation, Vice Chair
Government Organization
Agriculture and Rural Development
Children and Poverty
Economic Development
Natural Resources
Agriculture and Agri-business
Joint Government Organization



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Donald H. Cookman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Charles S. Trump, IV was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cookman will face Trump in the general election.[3][4]


Cookman and his wife, Paula Jean, live in Romney. They have three children and three grandchildren.[1]

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Preceded by
Walt Helmick (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 15
Succeeded by