Bennie Cook is looking to take his background of “protecting and serving” to the Missouri Capitol with a “vision” for the future.
The deputy sheriff in Texas County is making a bid to represent HD 142 — which encompasses Texas, Howell, Phelps, and Pulaski counties — in the state House.
“It has been my pleasure to protect and serve our region in a variety of roles,” Cook, a Republican, said. “I have come to understand the unique challenges and opportunities our area faces from day to day. I am looking to the future with a vision for what we need to achieve a strong and prosperous state, and I know that rural communities like ours play a big role in that. We have a lot to offer, but it requires fair representation; we need a strong voice willing to stand up to politicians to ensure the work gets done.”
Cook has a varied background having served in a number of wide ranging roles in the community.
Since 2004, he has been a member of local law enforcement — currently as a deputy sheriff in Texas County. He has served as the executive director of the Texas County Food Pantry and as chair of the Texas County Salvation Army Unit. He has been the emergency management director for both Texas County and the City of Houston. Most recently, he was recruited to serve as a field representative for Congressman Jason Smith.
In addition to his work, Cook volunteers around the community. He is a member of the Houston Schools Bright Futures Board, serves as Houston Lions Club president, and is chairperson of the Texas County Shop with a Hero Program. He is a “proud” member of Houston Community Betterment, Houston Chamber of Commerce, Texas County Fair Board, Texas County Farm Bureau, and NRA. He also serves as a deacon at Oak Hill Christian Church in Houston, where he and his wife Amanda attend church with their five children.
Now, he wants to take that experience to the Missouri General Assembly.
“Above all else I want to create an environment where our rights are protected and people feel safe,” Cook said. “I will be a strong advocate for 2nd Amendment rights and to protect firearm ownership. I oppose abortion and I want to work towards being a state that promotes life. Finally, as a member of law enforcement, you have my word that I will always back the blue. We must ensure that law enforcement has the tools they need in rural Missouri and across the state to protect our communities.”
The seat is held by follow Republican Rep. Robert Ross, who is serving his fourth and final term.
“I would like to thank Robert for his years of service in the House representing our area,” said Cook. “It is vital that our communities maintain a strong voice and that they have a representative who believes in our shared rural values and principles. That means defending Missourians’ constitutional rights and sticking up for law enforcement.”
Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at email@example.com.