AR-Lt. Gov: Halter Looks To Cook For Ethics Post

6 Jan

Seems that Arkansas’s leading progressive voice and outgoing Lt. Gov, Bill Halter — the man who both led the way in creating the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and made economic populism “sexy” again — is taking care of a little more official bidness before leaving office next week.  His office has just announced the appointment of former Democratic state representative and AR-01 Congressional candidate David Cook to a seat on the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

Cook, as you may remember, garnered a lot of early interest in the AR-01 primary among state progressives, becoming a “hero” to many on the Left because of his unapologetic support of the president’s economic stimulus initiatives and push for expansive healthcare reform. Cook also backed Halter in his epic primary battle against incumbent Blanche Lincoln for U.S. Senate.

Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter announces the appointment of outgoing State Representative David R. Cook of Williford to serve a five-year term on the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

The Commission monitors and enforces compliance with Arkansas’s ethical conduct and disclosure laws by public officials, candidates for public office, lobbyists and committees, and anyone involved with initiatives, referendums and other matters referred to Arkansas voters.

“David Cook is highly regarded as a man of principle who has served with distinction in the Arkansas House of Representatives, earning the trust of his constituents and the respect of his peers,” Halter said.

Cook, 60, served three consecutive terms as State Representative for District 90, encompassing Randolph County and part of Sharp County. He ran for 1st District Congressman in the May 2010 Democratic Primary. A retired school administrator, Cook previously served as superintendent of public school districts in Hoxie, Bald Knob and McRae, and as director of the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative in Walnut Ridge.

Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and physical education from State College of Arkansas (now University of Central Arkansas), a master’s degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and a specialist degree in education administration from the University of Arkansas. He served five years in the U.S. Navy.

Cook and his wife, the former Phyllis Haney, have a son, Phillip Cook of Little Rock; a daughter, Charis Mian of Benton, and five grandchildren.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission seats five commissioners — appointed by the Governor, Lt. Gov., Attorney General, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, respectively — each serving staggered five-year terms. Cook will replace Ms. Elaine Black of Mount Ida.

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