Bud Cook (politician)

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Bud Cook
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 49th district
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Preceded byPeter Daley
Personal details
Born (1956-06-29) June 29, 1956 (age 63)[1]
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceCalifornia, Pennsylvania
Alma materCalifornia Area High School, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Occupatione-Marketing consultant

Donald "Bud" Cook (born June 29, 1956) is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 49, the 49th Legislative District since 2017. His district includes portions of Fayette County and Washington County.


Cook graduated from California Area High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College.[2] After graduating from College and serving two terms as a City Councilman in Buckhannon, W.Va., Bud returned to the Monongahela Valley with the aim of growing the local economy and expanding opportunities for people looking for employment across the region.[3]

During the 2017–18 session, Cook serves on the following House committees: Game and Fisheries, Gaming Oversight, Human Services, and Tourism and Recreational Development.[4]


In 2016, Cook ran against Alan Benyak (D). Results: Cook – 13,749 votes or 54.09% of votes cast; Benyak – 11,667 votes or 45.9% of votes cast.[5]

In 2018, Cook ran unopposed in the Republican primary to be re-elected to the 49th Legislative District seat, he won reelection by a margin of 11 votes over his opponent, former Washington County DA Steven Toprani. Toprani conceded defeat after a failed court challenge.[6]

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  1. ^ http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=7931&body=H
  2. ^ "Bud Cook(Republican)". Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  3. ^ https://www.repbudcook.com/bio.aspx. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ https://www.repbudcook.com/bio.aspx. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of State (2016). "Election Returns 2016 General Elections".
  6. ^ https://observer-reporter.com/news/election/judge-calls-petition-that-could-have-changed-vote-totals-in/article_0e2d1866-fca0-11e8-bf2a-3f3737ceceb1.html

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