David Cook (Arizona politician)

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David Cook
David Cook by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Serving with TJ Shope
Preceded byFrank Pratt
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
WebsiteCampaign Website

David Cook is a Republican politician elected to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives from the 8th Legislative District. He was first elected to the state House in 2016 and represents central & eastern Pinal County and southern Gila County.

Early life and education[edit]

Cook was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma. As a child, he was involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. He moved to Arizona in 1985 and graduated from Miami High School. Cook attended three community colleges: Eastern Arizona College, Rio Salado College, and Central Arizona College. Cook also attended Arizona State University's Certified Public Manager Program. He married his wife, Diana in 2000; the couple have two children.[1] Together, they run the DC Cattle Company.[2]


2016 Cook and incumbent Thomas Shope, Jr. defeated Carmen Casillas in the Arizona House of Representatives District 8 general election.

Personal life[edit]

2018 Arrest[edit]

On December 19, 2018, Cook was pulled over by a Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper in Mesa, Arizona when the officer spotted Cook's vehicle moving out of its lane on Loop 202. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Cook responded with “Do you know what you’re doing, son? You’re making a mistake.” Cook was arrested with a blood-alcohol content of 0.152% to 0.158%, well above the state limit of 0.08%. When the officer informed Cook that he would lose his driver's license, he responded with "I’m fine; don’t worry, you’ll get yours/-" [3] In a plea bargain, appearing before a former Arizona state representative, he received a sentence of one day in jail, a fine, plus probation with conditions including no excessive drinking for five years, and he completed a 16-hour on-line DUI course.[4]


  1. ^ "David Cook - Arizona State Representative". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  2. ^ "House Member". www.azleg.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  3. ^ AM, Nicole Rojas On 12/22/18 at 10:54 (2018-12-22). "Republican Arizona lawmaker reportedly told officer "You'll get yours" following DUI arrest". Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  4. ^ Arizona state Rep. David Cook receives 1-day jail sentence for DUI charge, Arizona Republic, Dustin Gardiner, March 8, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.