Edward H. Cook

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Edward H. Cook
Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Recreation
In office
1995–1999
GovernorFrank Keating
Succeeded byJane Anne Jayroe
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation
In office
1995–1999
GovernorFrank Keating
Succeeded byJane Anne Jayroe
President of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
In office
1980–1987
Personal details
Born1935 (age 84–85)
OccupationBusinessman

Edward H. "Ed" Cook (born 1935) is an American businessman from Oklahoma. Cook has held numerous positions with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, that City's chamber of commerce, serving as that organization's president. After a return to the private sector, Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating appointed him as his Secretary of Tourism and Recreation in 1995. Serving in that position until 1999, Cook oversaw all efforts to promote Oklahoma as a tourism destination.

Education[edit]

Cook received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in political science and economics.[1]

OKC Chamber of Commerce[edit]

Cook worked for servral years with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, that City's chamber of commerce. The Chamber is a not-for-profit business federation that advocates and provides services for the 4,500 members in the greater Oklahoma City region. While with the Chamber, he served as the volunteer president from 1974 to 1975, and served again as assistant vice president. The Chamber later hired him to serve as the President and chief executive officer of the Chamber from 1980 to 1987.

During his tenure as President and CEO, the Chamber had a contract with Oklahoma City to spend income from the City's hotel-motel tax to promote tourism events and generate jobs in the tourism industry. While President, Cook helped recruit a General Motors assembly plant and assisted in the establishment of Remington Park horse racing track and casino.[2]

Keating Administration[edit]

In 1994, Republican Frank Keating, a former Reagan Administration official, was elected Governor of Oklahoma. Keating tapped Cook to serve as his Secretary of Tourism and Recreation. As Tourism Secretary, Cook oversaw all efforts to promote Oklahoma as a tourist destination. Concurrent with his service as Secretary, Cook also served as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.[3]

Following Keating's reelection in 1998, Cook stepped down as Tourism Secretary to serve as the coordinator of fund-raising for the State's centennial in 2007. Keating appointed Jane Anne Jayroe, a former Miss America and Oklahoma City TV anchor, to succeed Cook as Secretary.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodgers, Kim (February 24, 1995). "Keating Picks Cook to Head State Tourism". The Journal Record.
  2. ^ Rodgers, Kim (February 24, 1995). "Keating Picks Cook to Head State Tourism". The Journal Record.
  3. ^ Rodgers, Kim (April 7, 1995). "Senate Panel Approves Cook for Cabinet Post". The Journal Record.
  4. ^ Price, Marie (February 10, 1999). "State tourism shift stirs controversy". The Journal Record.
Political offices
Preceded by
Oklahoma Secretary of Tourism and Recreation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995–1999
Succeeded by
Jane Anne Jayroe
Preceded by
Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995–1999