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|U.S. House, Illinois, District 12|
|High school||Belleville East High School|
|Bachelor's||Illinois State University|
|Profession||Former Police Officer, Detective, and Mayor of Belleville|
On his campaign website Cook has 8 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are:
- Fighting Out of Control Spending
- Stopping the Reckless Obama Agenda
- Creating More Jobs
- 2nd Amendment
Cook is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 12th District. Cook is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket.  The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
Cook and his wife Kathy have five children and five grandchildren. 
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