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Rep. Merrill Cook

Former Representative for Utah’s 2nd District

Cook was the representative for Utah’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. Merrill Cook [R-UT2, 1997-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cook is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cook sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Cook was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cook sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Commerce (13%) Economics and Public Finance (13%) Law (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cook’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2000, Cook missed 232 of 2,401 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: