Rep. Paul Cook Named Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) was named today as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The move follows Rep. Jeff Duncan’s departure from the committee earlier this week.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee covers political relations between the US and other nations in North and South America. Specifically, the committee conducts oversight on regional institutions, US foreign assistance, regional activities of the United Nations, and all regional security pacts.
Royce said, “As a former Marine Corps colonel, Rep. Cook is deeply committed to defending U.S. interests worldwide. I look forward to working with him to continue holding the Castro and Maduro regimes accountable for their brutal repression, while increasing U.S. commercial opportunities throughout the hemisphere.”
Cook said, “There are conflicts and crises around the world, but we have tough challenges in our own backyard. With the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to help hold accountable rogue regimes in Venezuela and Cuba, support our allies in their struggle against the drug cartels, and find ways to promote security and economic prosperity across the hemisphere. I’m honored to further the good work of the subcommittee and the work of my friend and full-committee Chairman Ed Royce in promoting American interests in the Western Hemisphere.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign 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.