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Paul Cook (California)

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Paul Cook
John Paul Cook.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, California, District 8
Date of primaryJune 5, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
California State Assembly District 65
In office
Term ends
December 6, 2012
Years in position 9
Base salary$95,290.56 per year
Per diem$141.86 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
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
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Cook is a Republican member of the California State Assembly. He has represented the 65th District since 2006. He has served as Mayor of Yucca Valley and on the Yucca Valley City Council.

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.[1]

Cook will be ineligible to run for re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012 due to term limits.


Political Courage test

Cook did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[2]

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. [3],[4]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Cook ranked as a 9.[5]

Cook's sponsored legislation 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.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cook has been appointed to these committees:


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



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


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 defeated Democrat Carl Wood in the November 2 general election.[7]

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.[8]

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

Campaign donors


In 2010, Cook raised $596,328 in contributions. [9]

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:[10]

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 is the soursce 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.[11]

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Cook is married to Jeanne.

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