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Paul Cook (California)

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Paul Cook
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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
Net worth$974,508
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Cook is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 8th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. He is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 65 from 2006 to 2012.[1]

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]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cook serves on the following committees:[3]

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:


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.[4]

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 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.

Campaign themes


Cook's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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 ran for election to California's 8th congressional district, and won.[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). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

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"


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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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


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.[14]


In 2010, Cook raised $596,328 in contributions. [15]

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:[16]

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.[17]


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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[19]


Cook has a wife, Jeanne.

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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)