Biography

"I've spent my lifetime defending America and the values that make us strong. We need leaders with the courage to stand on principle and fight for our values. That is my mission in Congressional District 8."- Paul Cook

With America's economy in turmoil and thousands of veterans returning from wars abroad, we deserve a Congressman with the experience to get the job done in Washington. Retired Marine Corps Colonel Paul Cook's service and sacrifice to America make him uniquely qualified to serve as our next Congressman.

An infantry officer who served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Paul's military career spanned twenty-six years. His actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. Paul retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel.

Retired from active military duty, Paul continued his service by seeking and winning a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council, ultimately serving as Mayor. Paul became known for his commitment to conservative fiscal policies that protected working families from higher taxes.

In 2006, Paul's neighbors elected him to represent them in the California State Assembly. Since then, Paul has distinguished himself by tackling some of the most important issues of the day, like fighting government corruption, reducing taxes, and increasing penalties on sex offenders who prey on children. As Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, he has been a tireless advocate for veterans and military families.

Holding a lifelong commitment to education, Paul has taught history and political science at Copper Mountain College, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), and University of California, Riverside (UCR). Paul holds a master's in political science from UCR and a master's in public administration from CSUSB.

Paul has held leadership posts with his local United Way and Red Cross chapters and served as past Executive Director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce. Paul is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. Paul and his wife Jeanne reside in Yucca Valley.

Endorsements

2018

Organizations

National Rifle Association (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
California Republican Party
San Bernardino County Republican Party
California Republican Assembly, Big Bear Chapter
Crime Victims United of California
Mojave Desert Young Republicans
Ross Sevy, Chairman, California Young Republican Federation (*Title for identification purposes only)
National Border Patrol Council
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Law Enforcement

Sheriff John McMahon, San Bernardino County - Read and Listen to McMahon's endorsement
Sheriff Bill Lutze, Inyo County

National Leaders

Congressman Tom McClintock
Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Local Leaders

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, 33rd District

Robert Lovingood, District 1 Supervisor, San Bernardino County
Janice Rutherford, District 2 Supervisor, San Bernardino County
Rick Pucci, District 3 Supervisor, Inyo County
Matt Kingsley, District 5 Supervisor, Inyo County

John "Bug" Woodard Jr., Council Member, City of Adelanto

Scott Nassif, Mayor, Town of Apple Valley
Larry Cusack, Council Member, Town of Apple Valley

Merrill Gracey, Council Member, City of Barstow

Rick Herrick, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Big Bear Lake
David Caretto, Council Member, City of Big Bear Lake
Bob Jackowski, Council Member, City of Big Bear Lake

Paul Russ, Mayor, City of Hesperia
Russ Blewett, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Hesperia
Larry Bird, Council Member, City of Hesperia
Rebekah Swanson, Council Member, City of Hesperia

Penny Lilburn, Mayor, City of Highland
Larry McCallon, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Highland

Jeff Williams, Vice Mayor, City of Needles
Robert Richardson, Council Member, City of Needles

Joel Klink, Council Member, City of Twentynine Palms
Daniel Mintz, Sr., Council Member, City of Twentynine Palms

Jim Cox, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Victorville

Dick Riddell, Council Member, City of Yucaipa
Greg Bogh, Mayor, City of Yucaipa
Bobby Duncan, Council Member, City of Yucaipa

Merl Abel, Mayor, Town of Yucca Valley
Jeff Drozd, Council Member, Town of Yucca Valley
Robert Leone, Council Member, Town of Yucca Valley
Robert Lombardo, Council Member, Town of Yucca Valley

Rick Pucci, District 3 Supervisor, County of Inyo
Matt Kingsley, District 5 Supervisor, County of Inyo

PREVIOUS-YEAR ENDORSEMENTS

Organizations

National Rifle Association (2012, 2014, 2016) - Read more
San Bernardino County Republican Party - Read more
Inyo County Republican Party - Read more
California Association of Highway Patrolmen - Read more
California Republican Assembly - Read more
Crime Victims United of California - Read more
National Border Patrol Council - Read more
Realtors Political Action Committee - Read more
National Federation of Independent Business - Read more
Hi-Desert Star newspaper - Read more
KCDZ Z107.7 Radio - Read more

Law Enforcement

Sheriff John McMahon, San Bernardino County - Read and Listen to McMahon's endorsement
Chief Jarrod Burguan, City of San Bernardino Police Department
District Attorney Mike Ramos, San Bernardino County

National Leaders

Congressman Tom McClintock - Read and Listen to McClintock's endorsement
Congressman Duncan Hunter

Military Leaders

Master Sergeant Boyce W. Floyd, United States Marine Corps (ret.) - Read and Listen to MSgt Floyd's endorsement

Local Leaders

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, 33rd District

Supervisor Robert Lovingood, District 1
Supervisor Janice Rutherford, District 2