|Born||Peter Stryker Cooke
March 7, 1949
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Utah State University, Logan
United States Army War College
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
Peter Stryker Cooke (born March 7, 1949) is an American businessman, politician and retired Army Reservist. In 2012, he ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Utah. Although he was not elected, he has inspired many Democrats in the state to begin voicing their political opinion and professionally engage a typically Republican dominated state in candid dialogue.
Cooke was born in Miami, Florida. Cooke's father was a pilot for Pan American Airlines and his family traveled frequently. Cooke graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1967. Cooke moved to Utah from Germany to attend the Utah State University (USU) forestry program. Instead, however, Cooke earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1973 from USU in political science. During his time at USU, Cooke was a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
After graduating from USU, Cooke served in the United States Army Reserves. In 2009 he was awarded the Army Community of Excellence Award. After 39 years in the military, he retired with the rank of major general. He served as commander of the 96th (reserve) Regional Readiness Command before his retirement.
Cooke ran for a congressional bid in 1978, but was not elected. Under Governor Scott M. Matheson, Cooke served as the director of economic development for Utah. In 2012 Cooke declared his candidacy for governor of Utah.
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