William Cook (North Carolina)
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|North Carolina State Senate District 1|
|2013 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|North Carolina House of Representatives District 6|
|Bachelor's||University of Maryland. 1970|
Cook previously represented District 6 in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.
Cook holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He spent 34 years working as an analyst and manager for the Potomac Electric Power company.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cook served on the following committees:
|North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources|
|• Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources|
|• Education/Higher Education|
|• Judiciary II|
|• Program Evaluation|
|• State and Local Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cook served on the following committees:
|North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce and Job Development|
|• Public Utilities, Vice Chair|
Cook's website highlighted the following issues:
- Excerpt:"Raising taxes and inhibiting small businesses from growing is the wrong approach - the solution is quite the opposite. We can get people back to work by reducing the size of government and state spending which will allow us to lower taxes. We can eliminate unnecessary regulations to liberate small businesses and give them more room to grow."
- Excerpt:"We must dramatically reduce spending and the size of government in our state. So that we can lower taxes and encourage small business to produce the jobs that are key to our economic health. We must require our state agencies to use “zero budgeting” and prioritize their planned spending and have the courage to force our legislators to reduce our budget each year until we have a healthy economy again."
- Excerpt:"We must reduce all our state taxes as quickly and reasonably each year until our state is known as the business friendly state. Tax reduction will require courage and fortitude in the face of all the short sighted special interest groups clamoring for money from state funds. If we make these reductions, our economy will bloom and high unemployment will disappear. We can do this if we have the heart."
Nine of North Carolina’s 45 incoming freshman state legislators signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." The pledge was in line with each of their campaign promises to fix the state’s fiscal hole without resorting to tax hikes. At the time they signed the pledge, North Carolina was looking at a budget deficit as high as $4 billion in 2011.
Cook signed the pledge in November 2010.
Cook did not run for re-election to the state House and instead ran in District 1 of the State Senate. He defeated Jerry Evans in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Stan M. White (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|North Carolina State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Stan White Incumbent||50%||43,714|
|North Carolina State Senate District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
|North Carolina House of Representatives, General Election Results, District 6 (2010)|
|William Cook (R)||12,910||53.45%|
|Arthur Williams (D)||11,242||46.55%|
Comprehensive donor information for Cook is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cook raised a total of $202,269 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.
|William Cook's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||North Carolina State Senate, District 1||$72,039|
|2010||North Carolina House of Representatives, District 6||$130,230|
|Grand Total Raised||$202,269|
2012Cook won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cook raised a total of $72,039.
|North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William Cook (North Carolina)'s campaign in 2012|
|North Carolina Republican Party||$13,933|
|Petty, Troy Dale||$4,000|
|North Carolina Association of Realtors||$3,000|
|3Rd District Republican Party||$2,000|
|North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$72,039|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Cook and his wife, Holly, have two children. They currently reside in Chocowinity, North Carolina.
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- Official Campaign Website
- Senate website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, Official Primary Election Results
- Bill Cook NC House of Representatives: Biography
- cookinthehouse.com - Issues
- "Nine Newly Minted N.C. Legislators Sign No-New-Taxes Pledge," Carolina Journal, November 15, 2010
- North Carolina Board of Elections "Candidate lists," Accessed March 9, 2012
- Official North Carolina Election Results, 2010
- followthemoney.org, "Cook, William" Accessed August 28, 2013
Stan White (D)
|North Carolina State Senate - District 1
| Succeeded by|
|North Carolina House - District 6
| Succeeded by|
Paul Tine (D)
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