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Peter Cooke
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Candidate for
Governor of Utah
High schoolFrankfurt American High School (1967)
Bachelor'sUtah State University (1971)
Master'sUtah State University (1973)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Reserve
Years of service1967-2010
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Peter Cooke was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Utah in the 2012 elections. He and his running mate, Vince Rampton, were unopposed at the Utah Democratic Party nominating convention.[1]


Cooke is a retired two-star general in the U.S. Army Reserve. His father worked for Pan American Airlines and Cooke grew up in New Jersey, Florida, Thailand and Germany, where he graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1967. He earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Utah, where he earned a commission in the Army through the school's ROTC program.

In 2005, Cooke became the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 96th Regional Readiness Command, overseeing 10,000 soldiers and civilians and four years later he was awarded the Army Community of Excellence Award for the best managed command in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2009.

Throughout the course of his career, Cooke has owned real estate, construction and property management companies.[2]


  • Frankfurt American High School (1967)
  • BA, Political science, Utah State University (1971)
  • MA, Political science, Utah State University (1973)



See also: Utah gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Cooke was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Utah in 2012. He ran on a ticket with Vince Rampton. Together, they faced three other sets of candidates in the general election on November 6th: incumbent Republicans Gary Herbert & Greg Bell, Libertarians Ken Larsen & Rob Latham and Constitution Party candidate Kirk Pearson & Tim Alders.[3][4]

Governor of Utah General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Peter Cooke and Vince Rampton 27.7% 253,514
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert and Greg Bell Incumbent 68.4% 624,678
     Libertarian Ken Larsen and Rob Latham 2.2% 19,956
     Constitution Kirk Pearson and Tim Alders 1.7% 15,548
Total Votes 913,696
Election Results via State of Utah (dead link).

Campaign donors


Cooke lost the election to the position of Governor of Utah in 2012. During that election cycle, Cooke raised a total of $364,606.


Cook and his wife, Heather, have five children, four of whom are teenagers living at home. He is an active member of the Mormon church.[2]

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