Mary Pilcher-Cook

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Mary Pilcher-Cook
Member of the Kansas Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1954-12-23) December 23, 1954 (age 59)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Don Cook
Residence Shawnee, Kansas
Profession retired software engineer and publisher
Religion Roman Catholic

Mary Pilcher-Cook (born December 23, 1954) is a Republican member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 10th District since 2008.[1] She was a representative on the Kansas House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2006. She was elected to the Kansas Senate 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

She chairs the Public Health and Welfare Committee, since January 14, 2013. She is vice chair of the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight

She lives in Shawnee, with her husband, Don Cook.

Committee assignments[edit]

Pilcher-Cook serves on these legislative committees:[2]

  • Commerce
  • Tax
  • Judiciary
  • Public Health and Welfare



In the 2012 Republican primary, Pilcher-Cook defeated Tom Wertz. On November 6, 2012, Mary Pilcher-Cook was re-elected to Senate District 10, defeating Democrat Mark J. Greene by a vote of 21,637 to 17,713, a 58 to 42 percent margin.[3][4][5]


On November 4, 2008, Mary Pilcher-Cook was elected to Senate District 10, defeating Democrat Pete Roman by a vote of 19,050 to 13,600, a 54.9 to 45.1 percent margin.[6]

Major donors[edit]

Some of the top contributors to Pilcher-Cook's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[7] Kansas Republican Party, Kansas Republican Senatorial Committee, Richard and Randi Crabtree, Steve and Becky Clark, NPS Sales Inc. and others.

Political parties were her largest donor group.

In 2012 she received major support from SuperPACs such as Americans for Prosperity & Kansans for Life.

Political positions[edit]

Mary Pilcher-Cook is a conservative Republican, known for her social conservatism and pro-life stance.

In March 2014, Pilcher-Cook sponsored an amendment to Senate Bill 161, which would have required physicians to report miscarriages so mothers could request a death certificate if desired. The amended bill would have required any medical facility which oversees a miscarriage, or a doctor who sees a woman after she has had a miscarriage at any stage of pregnancy, to report it to the state health department, to aid in gathering information to lower infant mortality. SB 161 died in the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare on May 30, 2014. [8]

Pilcher-Cook has led hearings on surrogacy.

Pilcher-Cook endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primaries.


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