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

Organizations

National Rifle Association (2012, 2014, 2016) - Read more
San Bernardino County Republican Party - Read more
Inyo County Republican Party
California Association of Highway Patrolmen - Read more
California Republican Assembly - Read more
Crime Victims United of California - Read more
Realtors Political Action Committee - Read more
National Federation of Independent Business - 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
Assemblyman Chad Mayes, 42nd Disrict

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

Barb Stanton, Mayor Town of Apple Valley
Scott Nassif, Mayor Pro Tem Town of Apple Valley
Art Bishop, Council Member Town of Apple Valley
Larry Cusack, Council Member Town of Apple Valley
Curt Emick, Council Member Town of Apple Valley

Julie McIntyre, Mayor City of Barstow
Richard Harpole, Council Member City of Barstow
Merrill Gracey, Council Member City of Barstow

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

Bill Holland, Mayor City of Hesperia
Russell Blewett, Council Member City of Hesperia
Mike Leonard, Council Member City of Hesperia
Eric Schmidt, Council Member City of Hesperia

Larry McCallon, Mayor City of Highland
Penny Lilburn, Mayor Pro Tem City of Highland
Sam Racadio, Council Member City of Highland
John Timmer, Council Member City of Highland

Daniel Mintz, Mayor City of Twentynine Palms
John Cole, Mayor Pro Tem City of Twentynine Palms
Joel Klink, Council Member City of Twentynine Palms
McArthur Wright, Council Member City of Twentynine Palms

Gloria Garcia, Mayor City of Victorville
Jim Cox, Mayor Pro Tem City of Victorville
Ryan McEachron, Council Member City of Victorville
Jim Kennedy, Council Member City of Victorville
Eric Negrete, Council Member City of Victorville

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

Robert Leone, Mayor Town of Yucca Valley
Merl Abel, Mayor Pro Tem Town of Yucca Valley
Rick Denison, Council Member Town of Yucca Valley
George Huntington, Council Member Town of Yucca Valley
Robert Lombardo, Council Member Town of Yucca Valley