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Congressman Paul Cook takes on FAA in Lake Arrowhead controversy

by Paul Cook 14. May 2018 17:53

Congressman Paul Cook has worked hard to turn back the Federal Aviation Authority’s ill-conceived flight path change that now routes some commercial airliners over the Lake Arrowhead region.

His efforts are paying off. After numerous meetings and conference calls with the FAA and with local residents, the FAA announced recently that nighttime flights were being diverted from the Lake Arrowhead region.

Cook has worked closely with Quiet Skies Lake Arrowhead to achieve this important victory. He’s committed to the full repeal of the new flight paths so no commercial airliners are flying over the Lake Arrowhead region, regardless of the time of day.

Read more about the flight path changes here.

Read Congressman Paul Cook’s opinion editorial on the original FAA controversy here.


San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon endorses Colonel Paul Cook for Congress 2018

by Paul Cook 12. May 2018 09:12

APPLE VALLEY, CA – San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon made the following statement announcing his endorsement for Colonel Paul Cook (ret.), running in California's Eighth Congressional District:

"On June 5th, the choice for Congress is clear: Colonel Paul Cook. Colonel Paul Cook stands for law and order in America. He backs every man and woman in law enforcement and fights back against policies that protect criminals and reward lawbreakers. I want a member of Congress who puts Americans first. That's why I'm voting Colonel Paul Cook for Congress on June 5th."

Download (right click on a computer or long press on mobile) or listen to an audio recording of Sheriff John McMahon's testimonial for Paul Cook by clicking here:

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I'm Sheriff for Paul Cook - 2018.mp3 (402.11 kb)

California's Eighth Congressional District covers the High Desert and mountains of San Bernardino County as well as Inyo and Mono Counties.

Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.


THANK YOU! - Primary 2016 victory

by Paul Cook 8. June 2016 15:18

Thank you to all of the voters, campaigners, advocates, and well-wishers for helping me to 1st place in the Congressional primary. I simply cannot put into words how honored and humbled I am by your support. Having the opportunity to represent this beautiful and dynamic district is an absolute privilege – one I don’t take for granted.

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank my wife Jeanne for her unwavering patience and love. I couldn’t do it without her.

Thank you again, and on to victory in November!


National Border Patrol Council endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 6. June 2016 13:33

APPLE VALLEY - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. The NBPC released the following statement:

"On behalf of the 16,500 Border Patrol Agents whom the National Border Patrol Council represents, we are pleased to announce our endorsement for Congressman Paul Cook of California's 8th District.

"Because of the Congressman's commitment to border security and the Agents who risk their lives every day to keep our borders safe, the National Border Patrol Council is happy to stand behind Congressman Cook and endorse him for re-election."

Cook stated, "The National Border Patrol Council walks the walk and talks the talk. These are the men and women out there every day, doing the real work on our national borders. I've always stood for real border security, and a seasoned group like the NBPC can sniff out the difference between someone who truly supports them and will help secure our borders, like myself, and someone who shouts about border security merely for publicity and attention. I'm absolutely honored to have their endorsement. Together, when I'm elected to Congress, we can keep moving toward improved border security."


KCDZ Z107.7 radio station endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 1. June 2016 13:04

YUCCA VALLEY - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that KCDZ Z107.7 radio has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. The radio station made the following statement in support of his candidacy:

"Cook, a resident of Yucca Valley, former Yucca Valley councilman and mayor, as well as a former Twentynine Palms Marine, has represented us well and deserves your vote to continue the valuable work he has started. Of note is Cook’s effectiveness in representing the active duty and veteran military communities to the House of Representatives."

Cook stated, "Z107.7 is a staple of the community in the Morongo Basin, so it feels great to have their support. When your friends and neighbors are behind your bid, you know you're doing things right."


Hi-Desert Star newspaper endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 1. June 2016 12:16

YUCCA VALLEY - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the Hi-Desert Star newspaper has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. The newspaper made the following statement in support of his candidacy:

"Cook, a Republican who lives in Yucca Valley, is asking voters to return him to Congress for the third time, and we have good reason to want to see him back in D.C. His experience in the U.S. Marine Corps gives him the practical knowledge and passion to serve the country on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees. It also makes him ideal to represent the 8th District, with the Twentynine Palms Marine base and two other military installations.

"In his years in Congress, Cook has been the author or cosponsor of legislation to help veterans find jobs, get better health care and access government services.

"He is also a former government professor with experience and understanding of how government works. He has been a practical leader who has focused his efforts on helping the people of his district."

Cook stated, "I'm happy to have the endorsement of the Hi-Desert Star. Their word means a lot in the Morongo Basin, and I'm proud to have represented the area for so long."


Inyo County Republican Party endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 25. May 2016 16:33

BISHOP - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the Inyo County Republican Party has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. The Inyo County Republican Party released the following statement:

"The Inyo County Republican Party is proud to endorse our conservative Republican Representative, Colonel Paul Cook (ret.). Colonel Cook is dedicated to protecting our liberty and will fight to ensure that the people of Inyo County, not Washington DC, has the leading voice in determining how public lands are used. He's voted to cut budgets for Congress, stop Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and bring government spending under control. We're proud to support his election."

Cook stated, "Inyo County is a special place; its resources, beauty, and history are tremendous, and the residents are some of the truest Americans you'll find. I'm proud to earn the endorsement of the Inyo County Republican Party, and I vow to uphold the conservative values they hold dear. And I'll continue making federal land issues a priority. Locals deserve the strongest voice in determining public land uses -- just as I've done with my bill for Alabama Hills -- and I'll continue fighting the unelected bureaucrats in Washington who want to dictate to rural areas perverse interpretations of 'right and wrong.'"


National Federation of Independent Business endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 23. May 2016 11:34

APPLE VALLEY - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. The NFIB released the following statement:

Dear Congressman Cook,

I am pleased to inform you that NFIB's political action committee, the SAFE (Save America's Free Enterprise) Trust, has endorsed your reelection to represent California's 8th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

As you know, NFIB is the country's leading advocate for small business owners. Our members in your district appreciate very much your consistent support on their key issues. Therefore, NFIB regards your reelection as critical to the small businesses in your district, and we look forward to working with you in the future on regulatory reform, tax relief and other initiatives to improve the small business climate and create jobs.
Once again, on behalf of NFIB members in the 8th Congressional District and throughout America, congratulations on your endorsement. We are excited about your candidacy and eager to support it.

Cook stated, "Small business are the backbone of our economy, and I'm proud to receive the endorsement of the NFIB. I've stood by small businesses for decades, not only in my personal spending choices, but as a former executive director of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce and in elected office. As a elected official, I've worked to reduce the burdens on business. I won't stop fighting, because big-government advocates are driving more and more hardworking Californians out of the state. In Congress, I've made jobs and small businesses a top priority, and I have no intention of changing course."

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National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee endorses Paul Cook for Congress

by Paul Cook 20. May 2016 16:32

APPLE VALLEY - Colonel Paul Cook (ret.) announced that the National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has endorsed him in his race for California's 8th Congressional District. NARPAC released the following statement:

The National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced today its enthusiastic endorsement of Paul Cook for Congress in the 8th District of California.

"California REALTORS® recognize Paul Cook for his proven record of standing up for homeownership and private property rights in the U.S. House of Representatives, and look forward to his leadership on key real estate issues again in the 115th Congress," said Cynthia Carley, REALTOR®, of Lake Arrowhead Luxury Properties.

"Paul Cook has been a strong leader in standing up for California homeowners and our communities. REALTORS® thank Rep. Cook for supporting critical homeowner tax incentives, blocking additional fees on new mortgage originations to fund other government spending, and fighting proposed EPA regulations that could limit private property rights in California," said Carley.

RPAC, the largest trade association Political Action Committee in the United States, follows strict guidelines to ensure that candidates are supported based on their support for issues affecting REALTORS® and not party affiliation. Candidate endorsements and contributions are approved by the National Association of REALTORS® PAC trustees. All trustees are members of the National Association of REALTORS®.


Editor’s Note: The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. RPAC is the Political Action Committee of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. For more information about RPAC, please visit or contact Scott Reiter at 202-383-1072 or via email at

Cook stated, "Realtors are pillars of the community, and they're such an important resource here in the 8th Congressional District. I'm honored to receive their endorsement, and I'll keep fighting for home owners while in Congress.

2016 Realtors - Cook Endorsement Letter.pdf (121.34 kb)


Paul Cook reception with special guest Rob O'Neill

by Paul Cook 13. May 2016 15:28

You're invited to a reception in support of Col. Paul Cook (ret.) with special guest Rob O'Neill, decorated Navy Seal and veteran of Operation Neptune Spear - the mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Thursday, June 2
5:30pm -7:30pm

360 Lounge
Morongo Casino
49500 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, California 92230

$100 per person
Max Out- $2,700, Gold- $1,000, Silver- $500

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