Merrill Cook

United States Congressman From Utah
Born May 6, 1946

Merrill Cook is a Republican Party politician and businessman who served in the United States House of Representatives from Utah.

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1946 Birth Born on May 6, 1946.


1964 18 Years Old Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cook was the son of scientist Melvin A. Cook who pioneered the development of slurry explosives. He graduated from East High School in 1964 and the University of Utah in 1969 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1971.


1973 27 Years Old He was hired as a budget analyst by Arthur D. Little, Inc. and in 1973 founded Cook Slurry Company, a mining explosives manufacturer, of which he served as president and chief executive. … Read More


1984 38 Years Old Cook ran for Utah Board of Education in 1984, Mayor of Salt Lake City in a 1985 special election, and Salt Lake County Commission in 1986, all to no avail.


1988 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Prior to his election to Congress, Cook ran for office a number of times both as a Republican and on the Utah Independent ticket, a party he founded himself in 1988.
1992 46 Years Old Cook made a second run for Governor in 1992, coming in second with 34% to Republican nominee Mike Leavitt's 42% and Democrat Stewart Hanson's 23%.
1994 48 Years Old In 1994, he ran for Congress in Utah's 2nd district, taking third place with 18% behind Republican victor Enid Greene and Democratic incumbent Karen Shepherd.


1996 50 Years Old However, in 1996, after incumbent Republican Enid Greene announced she wouldn't run for reelection due to a scandal, Cook rejoined the Republican Party. … Read More
1998 52 Years Old In 1998, Cook was accused of instances of erratic behavior. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old Cook ran for mayor of Salt Lake County in 2004 as an independent, but garnered only 8 percent of the vote in a race won by Democrat Peter Corroon.


2006 60 Years Old In 2006 he tried to challenge 3rd District Congressman Chris Cannon but was eliminated on the first ballot.
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
He ran for his old seat in the 2nd district in the 2008 election. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010 against incumbent Bob Bennett, but did not make it past the first round of balloting at the state convention. … Read More
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