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Gary Cook
Board Member, Alief Independent School District, Position 7
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last election2009
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Master'sTexas A&M University
ProfessionHospital Administrator
Campaign website
Gary Cook held Position 7 on the Alief Independent School Board of Education. He was elected to his position in 1998 and decided not to seek re-election in 2013.


Cook is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree. He is currently the Director of Operations at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to his experience at MDACC, he was employed by Baylor College of Medicine. During his time at Alief, he has held positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary.

He and his wife Sara have 3 children that are all graduates of Alief Hastings High School.[1]



Alief Independent School District, Position 7, 3-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Cook 45.9% 3,692
     Nonpartisan Marilyn L. Swick 39.5% 3,182
     Nonpartisan Gary Floyd 14.6% 1,177
Total Votes 8,051
Source: Cumulative Report, 2009 Joint Election," accessed October 8, 2013

Campaign themes

For his 2009 campaign, Cook stated the following on his website:[2]

I am committed to the vision that all children in Alief should have the opportunity to receive an exemplary education. To ensure that education, we must keep highly trained and dedicated staff in the classroom and maintain a safe and secure educational environment. My goal for AISD is to continue to see an increase in student achievement. I believe we need to continue to support the district initiatives and intervention programs that we currently have in place. I believe these programs are making a significant contribution in our student achievement gains. We currently have 7 Exemplary and 21 Recognized campuses in Alief ISD.

With a fixed State allocation of funds and a moderate gain in student enrollment, and with price of energy, gas, insurance and the cost of building maintenance increasing dramatically, I believe my experience and leadership can continue to serve the children in Alief by keeping as many dollars as possible to continue to go directly into the classroom.

About the district

Alief Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Alief ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[3] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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