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Paul Cook tapped for three committees

Cook named to Armed Services, Veterans and Foreign Affairs committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. • Newly elected Congressman Paul Cook announced on Friday that he was assigned to serve on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

According to a press release issued by the House of Representatives, Cook, R-Yucca Valley, said this assignment will allow him to continue his work on behalf of veterans. Cook was assigned to these posts by House Leadership and Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon.

“Having spent 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I’ve witnessed the impact Washington can have on our troops and their families,” Cook said in the press release. “With five military installations in my district, including several of the most important training facilities in the nation, my job is to fight for them so that they can be prepared to defend our country.”

Cook, who represents the 8th Congressional District and is serving in the 113th U.S. Congress, expressed that his new appointment will mean a lot to the communities in his district as it will allow them to have a strong voice in decisions affecting local military bases.

“I’m committed to working with Chairman McKeon and the rest of the committee to keep America strong,” Cook said.

As a state assemblyman, the press release stated that Cook was California’s foremost advocate for veterans in the state Legislature, serving as chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs for nearly three years. The press release also states that as a decorated Vietnam veteran, Cook passed legislation to reduce taxes for veteran-owned businesses, improved laws for military families with a deployed parent and addressed the needs of returning veterans.

Because of Cook’s significant foreign policy experience and knowledge, he believes that as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee he can better contribute to national security and the security of the nation’s allies.

“We face major challenges abroad with the growing threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, problems in Syria and Egypt, and attacks on our ally Israel,” Cook said. “I’m familiar with many of these places from my time in the Marines, and I’ve studied them during my time as an educator.”

Cook stated in the press release that he is committed to Chairman Ed Royce’s vision of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“What we do next is so important to the long-term stability in the region,” Cook said. “I’m honored to be a part of this committee during a dangerous time in our nation’s history.”

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

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