Why He Matters
Paul Cook was born in Meriden, Conn., and now lives in Yucca Valley, Calif. He earned a master's in public administration from California State University-San Bernardino in 1996 and a master's in political science from the University of California-Riverside in 2000. Cook served for 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from which he retired as a colonel after earning a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. After retiring from the military he served on the Yucca Valley Town Council. He has taught college level courses on history, public administration and political science at Copper Mountain College, California State University, San Bernardino and UC-Riverside. He was elected in November 2006 to represent California's 65th Assembly District, which includes numerous cities and unincorporated areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Cook and his wife, Jeanne, have four children.