Currently 71 years old, Congressman Cook is a Republican Representative of San Bernardino County and surrounding areas in California’s 8th voting district. He retired after 26 Years of Service in the Marine Corps, during which time he led men in combat as an Infantry Officer in the Vietnam War. Congressman Cook’s decorations include two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Legion of Merit Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and various other campaign and service medals.
Congressman Cook was elected in 2012 and currently serves on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs committees where he continuously looks out for the interests of fellow veterans and seeks to preserve the personal freedoms and liberties that we have all have sworn to defend. Before he was elected for Congress, Cook was a California State Assemblyman and a professor of history and political science at Copper Mountain College, Cal State San Bernardino, and UC Riverside. He has graduate degrees in political science and public administration. Representative Cook also served as Executive Director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.
He continues to dedicate his time as a member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. Colonel Cook is also one of few of our elected officials to travel to deployed locations during the Operation Enduring Freedom. He visited FOB Salerno and Kandahar Airfield in 2013 to talk to our deployed service members. Most importantly, his voting record and the bills that he has personally sponsored promote the ideas of national security, personal freedoms and veteran advocacy. Most noteworthy, he co-sponsored a bill in 2014 to audit the Federal Reserve, voted against the IRS targeting of special interest and political groups, and supports the construction of the Keystone Oil Pipeline to reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
He is an inspiration as an accomplished military leader and a selfless public servant. Below are some highlights of Colonel Cook’s legislative efforts:
Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Bills
HR 24 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2014
This bill requires a full audit of the Federal Reserve by the U.S. Comptroller General.
HR 310 – No Budget No Pay
This bill prohibits members of Congress from receiving pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent budget resolution and passed the regular appropriations bills.
HR 857 – Protect Troops at War Act of 2013
This bill would have put an end to the sequestration of the Defense Department in 2013 in order to continue scheduled paychecks for service members and funding for necessary military programs.
HR 2150 – Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2013
This bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a five-year extension to the homeless veterans reintegration programs
HR 2693 – Save Dignity Act
This bill will require the Homeland Security Secretary to conduct an investigation and submit a report to the Committee on Homeland Security regarding security screening of veterans and civilians with amputations by the TSA.
HR 258 – Stolen Valor Act of 2013
This bill amended title 18, United States Code, to make it illegal for citizens to falsely claim receipt of a military decoration or medal for money, property, or tangible benefits punishable by a fine, one year in prison, or both.
AB 265 – Public Official Stolen Valor
This bill requires a statewide official to forfeit his or her office if convicted of falsely claiming receipt of a military decoration or medal under the federal Stolen Valor Act.
AB 2171 – Purple Heart Memorial
This bill created a Purple Heart Memorial on the Capitol Park grounds in Sacramento to honor California residents who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.
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