Peter Cooke

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Peter Cooke
Personal details
Born Peter Stryker Cooke
(1949-03-07) March 7, 1949 (age 67)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Heather Nelson
Children Sara
Alma mater Utah State University, Logan
United States Army War College
Religion Mormonism[1]
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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).[2][3]


After graduating from USU, Cooke served in the United States Army Reserves. In 2009 he was awarded the Army Community of Excellence Award.[4] 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.[2][3]

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.[2] In 2012 Cooke declared his candidacy for governor of Utah.[5]

Cooke was called as Mission President for the Washington DC North Mission for three years starting in June 2013.[6]


  1. ^ a b "MEET PETE | PETER COOKE FOR GOVERNOR". Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Gehrke, Robert (29 February 2012). "Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke says Utah lacks, needs leadership". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Peter Cooke". Utah Democrats. Archived from the original on 2012-08-08. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Woods, Caralee (May 2, 2012). "Record turnout at the Utah Democratic State Convention". Southern Utah News. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ McEntee, Peg (29 February 2012). "Democrat Peter Cooke launches fiery run for Utah governor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2 widely-known Utahns called as new mission presidents". 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Peter Corroon
Democratic nominee for Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
Mike Weinholtz