Michelle Cook

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Michelle Cook
Michelle Cook.jpg
Connecticut House of Representatives, District 65
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$28,000/year
Per diemNone
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth01/19/1970
Place of birthSaint Louis, MO
Office website
Michelle Cook is a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 65th District since 2009.

Cook currently works as a substitute teacher with Torrington Public Schools and Torrington Child Care, and is a Consultant with Recall Quality Assurance.

She is a Committee Member with the Torrington Early Childhood Collaborative, Girl Scouts Troop Leader, Parent Teacher Organization Council Chair, and Member of the Board of Directors of Torrington Twisters.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Connecticut Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services
Public Health


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


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



See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cook ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 65. Cook ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. She defeated Wendy Traub (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2][3][4]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 65, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle L. Cook Incumbent 59.7% 4,570
     Republican Wendy Traub 40.3% 3,081
Total Votes 7,651


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cook ran for re-election to the 66th District seat in 2010. She defeated Wendy A. Traub (R) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 65 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Cook (D) 3,285
Wendy A. Traub (R) 3,066


On November 4, 2008, Cook won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 65th District, defeating Anne Ruwet (R). Cook received 4,945 votes in the election while Ruwet received 3,853 votes.[5] Cook raised $37,588 for her campaign; Ruwet raised $24,293.[6]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 65
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Cook (D and WF) 4,945
Anne Ruwet (R) 3,853

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Cook raised $33,640 in contributions. [7]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $21,272
House Democratic Caucus Cmte $3,262
Speakers Leadership Cmte $2,874


Listed below are the three largest contributors to Michelle Cook's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,925
Speakers Leadership CMTE $3,035
Connecticut House Democratic Caucus CMTE $1,572


Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[8]


Cook received a score of 0 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied with 72 others for the lowest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 2 lower than her score of 2 for the 2009-10 term.[8]

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