Here's a good final deed by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who leaves office next week. He named David Cook of Williford, a former legislator who ran for 1st District Congress last year, to the seat on the state Ethics Commission filled by the lieutenant governor. Cook, a retired educator, distinguished himself in the Democratic Primary by acting like a Democrat. Cook backed Halter in his race against 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 five members of the Ethics Commission serve five-year staggered terms, as appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House. Cook replaces Elaine Black of Mount Ida.