Byron Cook (Texas politician)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Byron Curtis Cook
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 8th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1954-04-08) April 8, 1954 (age 60)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kay Lilly Cook
Children Two daughters/Two grandchildren
Residence Corsicana, Navarro County
Alma mater Navarro College
Occupation Rancher; Businessman
Religion Baptist

Byron Cook is a conservative Texas family man, businessman, rancher, and hard-working Republican State Representative for the citizens of Anderson, Freestone, Hill and Navarro counties.

Family Background[edit]

Byron and his brothers moved with their parents from Abilene to 
Corsicana in 1967. He graduated from local public schools and holds
 an Associate’s Degree from Navarro College. Today, Byron and his 
wife, Kay, live in Corsicana and have two daughters and two grandchildren. Their youngest 
daughter attends Texas A&M University. Their oldest
 daughter is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is married 
to a veteran of the United States Army who served in 
Iraq and Afghanistan. The Cooks are active
 community volunteers and attend Northside Baptist Church.

Business and Ranching Background[edit]

Byron’s father, the late Leland P. Cook, was the former circulation 
manager for the Corsiciana Daily Sun. Leland left the newspaper
 to start a family business. Later, he and Byron founded Tradewest, 
one of the nation’s leading independent software companies and 
licensee of several of Nintendo’s most popular video games such as
 Double Dragon, Battletoads, and Super Off Road. Today, Byron
 continues an interest in diversified businesses and in ranching.

Service in the Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Byron is a six term Republican State Representative. He currently 
serves as Chairman of the Texas House State Affairs Committee and
 as a member of the Texas House Calendars Committee. He is also a 
member of the Texas House Republican Caucus and Texas Conservative 
Coalition. Byron has also served in past legislative sessions
 as Chairman of the Texas House Committees on Civil Practices and the Committee on Environmental Regulation; and as a member of the Texas Sunset Commission– the state agency 
charged with identifying and eliminating waste and inefficiency in 
state government.

Leadership Recognition[edit]

Recognized for his conservative leadership on cutting taxes,
 protecting family values, supporting rural communities, and reducing the size and over-reach of government, Byron is a recipient 
of numerous legislative leadership awards including the 2014 "True Texas Hero Award" from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs for authoring and passing legislation to help the state collect over a half billion dollars in previously unpaid alcohol and tobacco tax revenue. Some of Cook's other leadership awards Cook include a Patient
 Advocacy Award by the Texas Medical Association and a Rural 
Government Advocacy award by the Texas Municipal League. In
 2007, Byron was named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the 
“Top Ten” legislators in Texas. In 2010, Byron was also recognized 
for his leadership on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas with 
its “Texas House Debt-Busters” program. Prior to serving in the 
legislature, Byron served as President of his local Rotary Club and
 was a co-recipient of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce Arthur
J. Keeney Community Service Award.


Organizations supporting Byron in his past elections have included
 the Texas Farm Bureau, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers, NRA,
 Texas State Rifle Association, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Association of Business, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Medical Association, Texas 
Association of Realtors, Texas Public Employees Association, Texas
 Civil Justice League, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas 
Classroom Teachers Association, Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives, Texas Association of Builders, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, and many other groups, representing the working families of 
Texas House District 8.


Texas House of Representatives title=Texas State Representative from District 8 ( Anderson, Freestone, Hill and Navarro counties)

Byron Curtis Cook

years=2003– after=Incumbent