Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA 19) announced his endorsement of Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) in the race for California's 8th Congressional District.
Denham stated, "There are too many national defense issues at home and abroad, and we need leaders like Colonel Cook who share the same experience, passion, and understanding of the military as I do. We've fought against higher taxes together, and we've worked on veterans and military issues while serving as chairs of the Veterans Affairs committees as state lawmakers. He's someone I trust and am proud to endorse."
Dehnam is the Region 1 Chair for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for 2011-2012. The NRCC is devoted to maintaining and increasing Republican membership in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Region 1 Chair, Denham is responsible for California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii.
After 16 years in the US Air Force, Denham won a California Assembly seat in 2002 and quickly rose through the ranks among state lawmakers. Denham served as Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and defended his Senate seat successfully by a 76%-24% margin against a 2008 recall effort initiated by then-Democratic Senate leader Don Perata. In 2010, Denham won election to a Central Valley Congressional seat.
Said Cook, "Congressman Denham's endorsement is truly an honor. Jeff and I worked together extensively as state lawmakers, and he's since taken the fight for jobs and veterans to Congress. I'd like to join the fight and help turn this country around."
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA 49) and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA 45) have also endorsed Cook, as well as former Governor Pete Wilson. Bono Mack serves as his campaign co-chair.