WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D- HI), introduced HR 3286, the HIRE Vets Act of 2015.
This bipartisan bill would promote private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military through a voluntary and efficient program. Specifically, it would create an awards program recognizing the meaningful, verifiable efforts undertaken by employers – both large and small – to hire and retain veterans. Cook and Gabbard designed the program to be self-funded.
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for HR 675, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2015. This bill passed the United States House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
Drone bill protects firefighters and civilians By: Congressman Paul Cook
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted to rein in the growing problem of executive overreach and restore a constitutional separation of powers. HR 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, better known as the REINS Act, passed the House of Representatives today.
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for HR 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. This bill cuts off specific federal grants for sanctuary cities, states, and localities that defy federal immigration law.
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) introduced HR 3176, the Protecting Our National Parks Act. This bill will punish those who vandalize our National Parks and other National Park Service land.
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for HR 237, the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Passport Revocation Act. This bill would authorize the State Department to revoke or deny passports and passport cards to individuals affiliated with foreign terrorist organizations.
Flawed deal with Iran endangers U.S. and Middle East By: Congressman Cook
WASHINGTON- Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for HR 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act. This bill is designed to mitigate California’s drought by immediately increasing the available water supply and streamlining the federal approval processes to build and improve aging infrastructure. Cook was an original cosponsor of this bill.
Iran Deal Released Today- A Message From Congressman Cook
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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.