Tanya Cook

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Tanya Cook
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Nebraska State Senate, District 13
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position 5
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University, 1986
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1994
Personal
BirthdayNovember 9, 1964
Place of birthGuam
ProfessionPresident, City Girl Communications
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Tanya Cook (b. November 9, 1964) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 13. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Cook's political experience includes serving on the staff of Ben Nelson, the staff of Brenda Council during her runs for city council and mayor, on the Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board, and on the Governor's Omaha Advisory Council for Lead Safe.

Biography

Cook earned her bachelor's degree in International Business from Georgetown University in 1986, and her M.A. in Training and Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994. Her professional experience includes working as the Director of Urban Affairs in the governor's office, in the administration of former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, at the NW Ayer Advertising Agency, and as president of City Girl Communications.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Health and Human Services

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Cook won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 13. Cook ran unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated Timothy Ashford in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTanya Cook Incumbent 60.7% 7,620
     Nonpartisan Timothy Ashford 39.3% 4,940
Total Votes 12,560

2008

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Cook won election to the 13th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Kurt Geschwender.[4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tanya Cook 8,074
Kurt Geschwender 5,568

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $201,348 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

Tanya Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 13 Won $81,664
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $35,462
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 13 Won $84,222
Grand Total Raised $201,348

2012

Cook won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $81,664.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tanya Cook's campaign in 2012
Nebraska State Education Association$16,455
Nebraska Optometric Association$2,500
Nebraska Realtors Association$2,500
Union Pacific Railroad$2,000
Nebraska State AFL-CIO$1,850
Total Raised in 2012$81,664
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cook was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $35,462.

2008

Cook won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $84,222.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 1st Session from January 9 to June 5. In 2014, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 8 to April 17.[6]

  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 102nd Legislature, 1st Session from January 5 to June 8. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was its 102nd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 4 to April 18.

  • Senators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

Personal

Cook has been involved with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, Florence Kiwanis, Girls Incorporated Board, Leadership Omaha Alumni Association, Neighborhoods, North Omaha Commercial Club, and the Omaha Public Library Foundation Board, and the Commission for the Protection of Children.

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Preceded by
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Nebraska State Senate District 13
2009–present
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