Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced the endorsements of two lawmakers who represent large portions of the 8th Congressional District (CD 8), in which Cook is a candidate. Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway -- who represents Barstow, Needles, many other rural areas in San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo County -- endorsed Cook, as did Assemblyman Mike Morrell, who represents Highland and portions of Yucaipa. San Bernardino County lawmaker Assemblyman Curt Hagman also endorsed Cook.
Conway stated, "I've known Colonel Cook for years, and his leadership sets him apart. As Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, he's the perfect Congressman for the areas I represent -- Barstow, rural portions of San Bernardino County, and Inyo County -- which have so many veterans and military installations. I trust him to fight for us on the issues important to these areas."
Morrell stated, "I'm honored to represent Highland, and I'm equally proud to represent Yucaipa along with Colonel Cook. While respected statewide, it's Paul's leadership on local issues that make him the best choice for Congress. Colonel Cook listens, he leads, and he gets it done."
Hagman stated, "I am pleased to endorse my colleague, Colonel Cook, for his leadership on veteran's issues and commitment to the needs of San Bernardino County. Jobs are needed in our community, and the Colonel is a strong advocate for the local changes necessary to make those jobs a reality."
Cook said, "Both Mike and Connie know these parts of CD 8 extremely well. They know what residents need here, and the three of us share that same vision for jobs and economic growth. They also know that this is perhaps the most important military area in the state, and it's home to a huge numbers of veterans too. That's why I'm also proud to have the endorsement of Curt Hagman, a man who shares my concern for these issues."
An infantry officer who served with distinction in the US Marine Corps and veteran of the Vietnam War, Colonel Paul Cook's military career spanned twenty-six years. Cook's actions in combat earned him a number of honors, including two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device. Cook retired from the US Marine Corps as a colonel.