Donald Cookman

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Donald Cookman
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West Virginia State Senate District 15
Former member
In office
January 31, 2013 - December 1, 2014
Elections and appointments
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)
Donald H. Cookman is a former Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 15 from 2013 to 2014. Cookman was 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. He was a prosecuting attorney in Hampshire County from 1973 to 1992.[2][3]

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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held 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. Trump defeated Cookman in the general election.[4][5]

West Virginia State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles S. Trump, IV 67.1% 17,609
     Democratic Donald H. Cookman Incumbent 32.9% 8,622
Total Votes 26,231


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walt Helmick (D)
West Virginia State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Charles S. Trump, IV (R)