Paul Cook (politician)

US politician, educator

Paul Cook (born March 3, 1943) is an American politician. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representative for California's 8th congressional district from 2013 until 2020. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the California State Assembly until 2012.

Paul Cook
Member of the
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
from the 1st district
Assumed office
December 7, 2020
Preceded byRobert Lovingood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – December 7, 2020
Preceded byJerry Lewis
Succeeded byJay Obernolte
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 65th district
In office
December 4, 2006 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byRuss Bogh
Succeeded bySharon Quirk-Silva
Personal details
Paul Joseph Cook

(1943-03-03) March 3, 1943 (age 81)
Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jeanne Cook
ResidenceApple Valley, California, U.S.
EducationSouthern Connecticut State University (BS)
California State University, San Bernardino (MPA)
University of California, Riverside (MA)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1966–1992[source?]
Rank Colonel
Battles/warsVietnam War
Awards Bronze Star
Purple Heart (2)

In September 2019, Cook announced that he would not run for re-election to Congress in 2020. He instead ran for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.[1] He won the election and was sworn in on December 7, 2020.[2]


  1. Mai-Duc, Christine (September 17, 2019). "California Republican Rep. Paul Cook to retire from Congress, run for county supervisor seat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. Bharath, Deepa (March 4, 2020). "Dawn Rowe, Paul Cook appear to win S.B. County supervisor seats". The San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved May 2, 2020.