WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 529, a bill to help students pay for higher education. This bill expands, strengthens, and modernizes 529 college savings accounts. These are savings accounts that states are allowed to establish for individuals to save for a college education.
Congressman Paul Cook Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition
Congressman Cook’s Statement on President Obama’s Request For Use Of Military Force against ISIS
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act. This bill makes permanent the enhanced deduction for charitable contributions by businesses.
This legislation will allow tax-free distributions from IRA accounts for charitable purposes. Allowing for these tax-free distributions encourages contributions to local food banks by making permanent a food inventory donation provision in the tax code.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, sending the jobs bill to President Obama’s desk for his approval.
After six years of delays by the administration and Senate Democrats, Congress will send this important jobs and infrastructure project to the president’s desk. His approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will support approximately 42,000 jobs by immediately authorizing the project.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) issued the following statement on President Obama's request for the use of military force against ISIS:Read More
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Dina Titus (D- NV) re-introduced the “Veterans Employment and Training Service Longitudinal Study Act of 2015”, a bill to ensure veterans are receiving effective and successful employment training services.
Congressman Cook Issues Statement on President Obama’s (FY) 2016 Budget Proposal
Congressman Cook issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 proposed budget:
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of legislation to combat the growing problem of human trafficking within the United States, and provide much-needed assistance to victims.
Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and there are 30 million people trapped in slavery today. In the United States, child sex trafficking is a billion dollar industry with as many as 300,000 American children at risk of getting trapped in this underground trade.
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Col. Paul Cook (ret.) was elected to serve in the US House of Representatives in November 2012. He represents California’s 8th Congressional District which includes the high desert communities of San Bernardino County as well as Mono and Inyo counties. He currently serves on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs committees.
An infantry officer who served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War, Col. Cook’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 a V for valor. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1992 as a colonel.
After retirement, Cook continued his service by seeking and winning a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council, ultimately serving as Mayor. He became known for his commitment to conservative fiscal policies that protected working families from higher taxes.
In 2006, Cook’s neighbors elected him to represent them in the California State Assembly. Since then, he 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 Chairman of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, he has been a tireless advocate for veterans and military families.
Holding a lifelong commitment to education, Cook has taught history and political science at Copper Mountain College, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), and University of California, Riverside (UCR). He holds a master’s in political science from UCR and a master’s in public administration from CSUSB.
Cook 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. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. He and his wife Jeanne reside in Yucca Valley.
I'm sorry to hear of Col. Paul Green's passing. He served his country honorably as a Tuskegee Airmen, escorting U.S. aircraft during WWII.