P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
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P.O. Box 1397
Corsicana, TX 75151
Byron Cook was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002 and is privileged to represent the hard-working citizens of House District 8, which includes Anderson, Freestone, Hill and Navarro counties.
At the beginning of the 84th Legislative Session, Representative Cook was re-appointed chair of the House Committee on State Affairs for a third time. The committee has a diverse and broad jurisdiction over a myriad of critical issues to the state including: right to life issues, utility regulation, the management of state agencies, immigration and the administration of state government. Cook also continues to serve on the House Calendars Committee, of which he has been a member since 2009.
In past legislative sessions, Cook has served as chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and the House Committee on Civil Practices. He also served as the vice-chair of the Local and Consent Calendars Committee.
Cook is committed to allocating taxpayer dollars judiciously and resourcefully. He had the opportunity to have served six years on the Sunset Advisory Commission, a 12-member body responsible for the periodic review of the functionality and efficiency of state agencies. This tenure gave Cook unique insight into preserving resources to address the critical needs of the state. For example, he authored and passed legislation that helped the state recover over a half-billion dollars in previously unpaid alcohol and tobacco tax revenue. For his leadership in this landmark legislation, then Texas Comptroller Susan Combs presented Cook with the 2014 True Texas Hero Award.
Cook is a dedicated to his role as a public servant and champion for the interests of House District 8. Over the years, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his legislative and community leadership. Most recently, Cook was recognized by the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce with the Tom White Citizen of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution through demonstrated commitment to the highest community ideals and service.
Some of Cook's other leadership awards include a Patient Advocacy Award by the Texas Medical Association and a Rural Government Advocacy award by the Texas Municipal League. In 2010, Cook was recognized by the Republican Party of Texas for his leadership in their "Texas House Debt-Busters" program. Additionally, Cook was named as one of the â€śTop Tenâ€ť legislators in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 2007 for his willingness to study the issues and approach them with an open mind.
Cook is a businessman and rancher. He and his wife, Kay, live in Corsicana and have two daughters. Their youngest daughter will graduate in May 2015 from Texas A&M University and their oldest daughter, also a graduate of Texas A&M University, is married and has a son and a daughter.last updated on 2/11/2015