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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Cook's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2CA08164 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Paul Cook Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
{{Campaign finance reports
|Name = Paul Cook (2014)
|Political Party = Republican
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/230/13940539230/13940539230.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Paul Cook April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 1 = 26032.84
|Total Contributions 1 = 67413.78
|Expenditures 1 = 32421.70
|Cash on Hand 1 = 61024.92
|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/993/13941127993/13941127993.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Paul Cook July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
|Date 2 = July 15, 2013
|Beginning Balance 2 = 61024.92
|Total Contributions 2 = 116770.00
|Expenditures 2 = 37648.94
|Cash on Hand 2 = 140145.98
[[File:Paul Cook Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Cook's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
[[File:Paul Cook Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Cook's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]

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Paul Cook
John Paul Cook.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 8
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorNancy Pelosi (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$590,514
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
Bachelor'sSouthern Connecticut State University
Master'sUniversity of California, Riverside; California State University, San Bernardino
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marines
Years of service26 years
Date of birthMarch 3, 1943
Place of birthMeriden, Connecticut
Net worth$974,508
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Cook (b. March 3, 1943 in Meriden, Connecticut) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. Cook defeated Gregg Imus in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Cook is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 65 from 2006 to 2012.[1] Cook was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cook is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Cook has worked as an instructor at Copper Mountain College and the University of California, Riverside.

He is a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Red Cross, Saint Mary's Catholic Church, United Way, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and former Executive Director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cook's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1966: Graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S.
  • 1966-1992: United States Marine Corps
  • 1996: Graduated from California State University-San Bernardino with a M.P.A.
  • 1998-2006: Member of Yucca Valley, California, town council
  • 2000: Graduated from the University of California-Riverside with a M.A.
  • 2006-2012: California State Assembly
  • 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cook serves on the following committees:[4]

California General Assembly


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


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


Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score. [5],[6]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Cook ranked as a 9.[7]

Cook's sponsored legislation while a member of the California State Assembly includes:

  • AB 307 - Sex offenders: working with minors
  • AB 588 - Local government finance
  • AB 1476 - School facilities: repayment of penalties

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Specific votes

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[8][9] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[10] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[11] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[11][12] Cook was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[11]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[10] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[10]

Campaign themes


Cook's campaign website listed the following issues:[13]

  • Jobs & Economic Prosperity
Excerpt: "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy."
  • Tax Reform
Excerpt: "We need fundamental tax reform immediately. Our current system is too complicated and is a drain on the US economy. I support replacing our current code with one that is simple, fair, and reduced. I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new taxes. "
  • The Budget & Debt
Excerpt: "The national debt of the US is out of control, having risen to over $15 trillion dollars. This fiscal crisis now threatens even our national security. We must act today to ensure our nation's strength and economic vitality today and for the future. "
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "America's Armed Forces must be ready to face threats to freedom and democracy, both today and tomorrow. Congress should give them the tools necessary to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, face down extremists and fanatics worldwide, and stand strong with Israel."
  • Life
Excerpt: "I have always been pro-life, and I always will be. I am against abortion. I am also in support of requiring parental notification before an underage abortion. A child contemplating an abortion needs the moral advice of a parent, not only for the sake of the unborn but for her sake as well."



Cook was ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly due to term limits. He instead won election to California's 8th congressional district.[1] He and Gregg Imus (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating John Pinkerton (D), Dennis Albertsen (R), Jackie Conaway (D), George Craig (R), Bill Jensen (R), Phil Liberatore (R), Ryan McEachron (R), Brad Mitzelfelt (R), Joseph Napolitano (R), Angela Valles (R), and Anthony Adams (Ind). Cook then defeated Imus in the November 6, 2012, general election.[14][15]

U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook 57.4% 103,093
     Republican Greg Imus 42.6% 76,551
Total Votes 179,644
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 8 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGregg Imus (R) 15.6% 12,754
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook (R) 15.3% 12,517
Phil Liberatore (R) 15% 12,277
Jackie Conaway (D) 14.3% 11,674
Brad Mitzelfelt (R) 10.8% 8,801
John Pinkerton (D) 9.7% 7,941
Angela Valles (R) 6% 4,924
Ryan McEachron (R) 3.9% 3,181
Anthony Adams (NPP) 3.4% 2,750
Bill Jensen (R) 2.3% 1,850
George Craig (R) 1.7% 1,376
Joseph Napolitano (R) 1.3% 1,050
Dennis Albertsen (R) 0.9% 761
Total Votes 81,856


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Cook won re-election to the 65th District Seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Democrat Carl Wood in the November 2 general election.[16]

California State Assembly, District 65 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Cook (R) 78,475
Carl Wood (D) 57,212


In 2008 Cook was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 65. Cook (R) finished with 93,566 votes while his opponent Carl Wood (D) finished with 82,305 votes.[17]

California State Assembly District 65
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Cook (R) 93,566
Carl Wood (D) 82,305

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $590,514 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[18]

Paul Cook (California)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 8) Won $590,514
Grand Total Raised $590,514


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cook's reports.[19]

Paul Cook (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$26,032.84$67,413.78$(32,421.70)$61,024.92
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$61,024.92$116,770.00$(37,648.94)$140,145.98
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Cook's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cook won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook's campaign committee raised a total of $590,514 and spent $564,481.[22]


In 2010, Cook raised $596,328 in contributions. [23]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Republican Party Of Riverside County $10,000
Sterling BMW $7,800
Riverside Sheriffs Association $7,800
Chevron Corp $7,800


Major donors to Cook's campaign in 2008 were:[24]

Contributor 2008 total
CA Correctional Peace Officers Assoc $7,200
CA Assoc of Health Underwriters $7,200
Wayne Minor Motor Sports $7,200
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians $7,200
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians $7,200


In 2006, Cook ran a hard-fought primary battle against Jim Ayers. Ayres spent $591,675 in his unsuccessful primary campaign that was the source of some of the allegations. In 2009, federal prosecutors indicted Ayers and others for what they say were financial irregularities related to campaign contributions in this primary election.[25]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cook missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cook's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $574,017 and $1,375,000. That averages to $974,508, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[27]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Cook has voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time. This ranked 142nd among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[28]


Cook has a wife, Jeanne.

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External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Cook
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Paul Cook," Accessed June 13, 2013
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
  6. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
  7. Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
  8. Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
  9. USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
  12. Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
  13. Campaign website, Issues
  14. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  15. Unofficial election results
  16. Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
  17. California State Assembly election results
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Cook," Accessed March 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Paul Cook Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. 'Federal Election Commission "Paul Cook April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  21. 'Federal Election Commission "Paul Cook July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Paul Cook 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  23. 2010 contributions
  24. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  25. Follow the Money, Contributions to Jim Ayres 2006
  26. GovTrack, "Paul Cook," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Cook, (R-Cali), 2011"
  28. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Pelosi
U.S. House, California, District 8
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Assembly District 65
Succeeded by
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)