Paul Cook (California)
|U.S. House, California, District 8|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Nancy Pelosi (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|California State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||Southern Connecticut State University|
|Master's||University of California, Riverside; California State University, San Bernardino|
|Years of service||26 years|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Cook is a former member of the California State Assembly, representing District 65 from 2006 to 2012. 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Cook's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Cook serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
California General Assembly
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cook served on these committees:
- Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, California General Assembly
- Emergency Management Committee, California Legislature
- Governmental Organization Committee, California General Assembly
- Master Plan for Higher Education
- Sunset Review Committee, California Legislature
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California General Assembly, Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cook served on these committees:
- Budget Committee, California General Assembly
- Governmental Organization Committee, California General Assembly
- Higher Education Committee, California General Assembly
- Select Committee on Inland Empire Transportation Issues
- Select Committee on Preservation of California's Entertainment Industry
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California General Assembly (Vice Chair)
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. ,
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Cook ranked as a 9.
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.
Cook's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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. 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.
|U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2012|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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.
|California State Assembly, District 65 General Election (2010)|
|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.
|California State Assembly District 65|
|Paul Cook (R)||93,566|
|Carl Wood (D)||82,305|
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.
|Paul Cook (California)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 8)||$590,514|
|Grand Total Raised||$590,514|
|U.S. House, California District 8, 2012 - Paul Cook (California) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$118,844|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$110,128|
|Top contributors to Paul Cook (California)'s campaign committee|
|Pehl, Foutz et al||$20,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,250|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$10,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$27,500|
In 2010, Cook raised $596,328 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Republican Party Of Riverside County||$10,000|
|Riverside Sheriffs Association||$7,800|
Major donors to Cook's campaign in 2008 were:
|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.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
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.
Cook has a wife, Jeanne.
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- Media coverage:
- CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Cook
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Paul Cook," Accessed June 13, 2013
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard", December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene", December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly", Downloadable 2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard
- Campaign website, Issues
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Sacramento Bee, California Assembly General election results
- California State Assembly election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Paul Cook," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Paul Cook 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- 2010 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, Contributions to Jim Ayres 2006
- GovTrack, "Paul Cook," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Cook, (R-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
|U.S. House, California, District 8
January 3, 2013-Present
| Succeeded by|
|California State Assembly District 65
| Succeeded by|
Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
State of California
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