Cook is the representative for California’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Cook is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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Read our 2019 Report Card for Cook.
Cook is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cook has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 23, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Paul Cook sits on the following committees:
Cook was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 376: California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2019
- H.R. 6940 (115th): Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018
- H.R. 5817 (115th): To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
- H.R. 244: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
- H.R. 5331 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 73839 Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms, California, as the “Colonel M.J. ‘Mac’ Dube, USMC Post ...
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Cook sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Public Lands and Natural Resources (38%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Energy (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Commerce (8%) Native Americans (8%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%)
Some of Cook’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 8630: To amend the National Forest Organization Camp Fee Improvement Act of 2003 to ...
- H.R. 8208: Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe Recognition Act
- H.R. 8209: To amend the Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act ...
- H.R. 8069: Protect Conservation Funds Act of 2020
- H.R. 7090: Coronavirus County Relief and Stability Act
- H.R. 5088: Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of 2019
- H.R. 2911: Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act
From Jan 2013 to Oct 2020, Cook missed 73 of 4,658 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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