William Cook (North Carolina)

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William Cook
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North Carolina State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
North Carolina House of Representatives District 6
2011-2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland. 1970
Personal
ProfessionRetired
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
William 'Bill' Cook is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Cook previously represented District 6 in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.

Biography

Cook holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He spent 34 years working as an analyst and manager for the Potomac Electric Power company.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources
Education/Higher Education
Finance
Judiciary II
Program Evaluation
State and Local Government

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Cook's website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Reduce Unemployment

  • Excerpt: "Raising taxes and inhibiting small businesses from growing is the wrong approach - the solution is quite the opposite. We can get people back to work by reducing the size of government and state spending which will allow us to lower taxes. We can eliminate unnecessary regulations to liberate small businesses and give them more room to grow."

Smaller Budgets

  • Excerpt: "We must dramatically reduce spending and the size of government in our state. So that we can lower taxes and encourage small business to produce the jobs that are key to our economic health. We must require our state agencies to use “zero budgeting” and prioritize their planned spending and have the courage to force our legislators to reduce our budget each year until we have a healthy economy again."

Decrease Taxes

  • Excerpt: "We must reduce all our state taxes as quickly and reasonably each year until our state is known as the business friendly state. Tax reduction will require courage and fortitude in the face of all the short sighted special interest groups clamoring for money from state funds. If we make these reductions, our economy will bloom and high unemployment will disappear. We can do this if we have the heart."

2010

Nine of North Carolina’s 45 incoming freshman state legislators signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." The pledge was in line with each of their campaign promises to fix the state’s fiscal hole without resorting to tax hikes. At the time they signed the pledge, North Carolina was looking at a budget deficit as high as $4 billion in 2011.

Cook signed the pledge in November 2010.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Bill Cook was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Stan White defeated Judy Krahenbuhl in the Democratic primary. White and Cook will face off in the general election.[4][5]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Cook did not run for re-election to the state House and instead ran in District 1 of the State Senate. He defeated Jerry Evans in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Stan M. White (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6]

North Carolina State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Cook 50% 43,735
     Democratic Stan White Incumbent 50% 43,714
Total Votes 87,449
North Carolina State Senate District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Cook 62.9% 8,243
Jerry Evans 37.1% 4,855
Total Votes 13,098

2010

See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010,, Cook won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Arthur Williams (D).[7][8]

North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 6 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png William Cook (R) 12,910 53.45%
Arthur Williams (D) 11,242 46.55%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $202,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[9]

William Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 1 Won $72,039
2010 North Carolina House of Representatives, District 6 Won $130,230
Grand Total Raised $202,269

2012

Cook won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $72,039.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Cook (North Carolina)'s campaign in 2012
North Carolina Republican Party$13,933
Petty, Troy Dale$4,000
North Carolina Association of Realtors$3,000
3Rd District Republican Party$2,000
North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$72,039
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Civitas Action: 2013 Full Rankings
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues and ideals.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on 20 bills picked by the organization that they consider the worst of the session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.

2011–2012

In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 26 to June 18. A special session dealing with redistricting began July 13 and ended July 28. In 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from May 16 to July 3.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key environmental issues.

Personal

Cook and his wife, Holly, have two children. They currently reside in Beaufort County.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stan White (D)
North Carolina State Senate - District 1
2013-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Arthur Williams
North Carolina House - District 6
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Paul Tine (D)