Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Paul Cook Visits Inyo & Mono County

Sep 6, 2013
Press Release



WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) visited Inyo and Mono Counties early this week. Cook’s trip included a series of meetings with elected officials, law enforcement, and constituents. Cook’s 8th Congressional District includes both Mono and Inyo counties in addition to the high desert in San Bernardino County. 

Said Cook, “I was honored to spend time with constituents in Mono and Inyo Counties. People in smaller counties often feel as though they aren’t being heard. I want them to know I am proud to represent them and take their views seriously when I make decisions on legislation. It’s important that I hear from them and that’s what this trip was about. You’ve got to listen to the people you represent.” 

The two-day swing through Inyo and Mono included a town hall meeting in Bishop where Rep. Cook provided a legislative update and fielded questions from more than fifty area residents. Cook also met with local councilmembers and members of the Board of Supervisors in both Mono and Inyo County. 

Inyo County Supervisor Rick Pucci said, “It was a privilege to have Congressman Cook here and talk about the myriad of issues both our area and our country are facing.”

Cook also participated in a Law Enforcement and Safety Roundtable, which was attended by Mono Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze, representatives from the CHP, and other local law enforcement and fire officials. 

"I enjoyed talking with and discussing various issues with Congressman Cook as he seemed very open and honest about the topics. He knows about the limitations and needs of Mono County and the Mono County Sheriff's Office,” said Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger.

A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.