Dwight Cook

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Dwight Cook
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North Dakota State Senate District 34
Incumbent
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$162/day
Per diemUp to $1,569/month for lodging
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Appointed1997
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolGlyndon-Felton High School
Military service
Service/branchNorth Dakota Air National Guard
Personal
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dwight Cook is a Republican member of the North Dakota State Senate, representing District 34. He was appointed to the chamber in 1997.

Biography

Cook received his diploma from Glyndon-Felton High School and attended North Dakota State University. He is currently the owner of Cook Industrial Sales. Cook served in the North Dakota Air National Guard.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance and Taxation
Government and Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cook served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cook served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Cook ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota Senate District 34. Cook ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12. He defeated Stacey J. Bendish in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

North Dakota State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDwight Cook Incumbent 61.9% 4,129
     Democratic Stacey J. Bendish 37.9% 2,531
     Other Write-in 0.2% 12
Total Votes 6,672

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cook was re-elected to the 34th District Seat in the North Dakota State Senate, besting Arnold Zins (D).[3] Cook raised $8,700 for his campaign, while Zins raised $11,450.[4]

North Dakota Senate, District 34 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dwight Cook (R) 4,083
Arnold Zins (D) 3,203

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $28,875 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 30, 2013.[5]

Dwight Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Won $11,650
2010 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $400
2008 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Won $8,700
2006 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $0
2004 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Won $3,275
2000 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Won $4,350
1998 North Dakota State Senate, District 34 Not up for election $500
Grand Total Raised $28,875

2012

Cook won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $11,650.
North Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dwight Cook's campaign in 2012
Krantz, Steve$1,000
Lignite Energy Council$1,000
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$800
North Dakota Petroleum Council$750
Marathon Oil$600
Total Raised in 2012$11,650
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cook was not up for election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $400.

2008

Cook won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $8,700.

2004

Cook won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $3,275.

2000

Cook won re-election to the North Dakota State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $4,350.

1998

Cook was not up for election to the North Dakota State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $500.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Dakota

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in session from January 8 to May 4. In 2014, the 63rd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting North Dakota's business community.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly was in regular session from January 4 through April 28. A special session was called by Governor Jack Dalrymple from November 7 through 12 to cover legislative redistricting and disaster relief.[6] In 2012, the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly did not hold a regular session.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that were great interest to the family.
  • Legislators are scored on how they voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to women's issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

NDPC: North Dakota Legislative Review

See also: North Dakota Policy Council: North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Policy Council, a North Dakota-based nonprofit research organization which describes itself as "liberty-based", published the North Dakota Legislative Review, a comprehensive report on how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. The scorecard seeks to show how North Dakota legislators voted on the principles the Council seeks to promote. The Council recorded and scored votes on both spending bills and policy bills, and awarded points accordingly. Policy issues voted upon included income tax cuts, pension reform, and government transparency. On spending legislation, the Council accorded a percentage score based on how much spending the legislator voted against. On policy legislation, scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Council.[7] Cook received a score of 81.82% on policy legislation and voted against 2.81% of state spending. On policy, Cook was ranked 14th and on spending was ranked 22nd, out of 46 Senate members evaluated for the study.[8]

Personal

Cook and his wife, Shirley, have three children. They currently reside in Mandan, North Dakota.

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North Dakota State Senate District 34
1997–present
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