About Sen. Bill CookSen. Bill Cook and his wife of 25 years, Holly, have lived in Beaufort County for the past decade. During this time, Sen. Cook has met several kind and generous people. The Senator feels blessed to live in such a wonderful community in such a beautiful state. His great affection for the people compelled him to serve as the District 6 Representative to the N.C. House of Representatives from 2011-2012 and then to serve as the current District 1 Senator in the N.C Senate.
Personal & FamilySen. Cook was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a disadvantaged section of the city. He played football in high school and worked part-time to pay for his first car. Being the first in his family to attend college, he says that, "one of my proudest moments in life was providing my mother with the chance to see her son graduate from college."
Sen. Cook’s parents were originally from North Carolina before moving to Washington D.C. The Senator has many fond memories as a child visiting his grandmother, aunts and uncles here in North Carolina. Among his most vivid memories are those of working on his uncle’s tobacco farm as a child.
He has two grown children of his own, Kerri and Billy and two beautiful granddaughters, Calli and Adelade. He enjoys playing tennis, reading, gardening, target shooting, cooking, and taking long walks with his wife and Golden Retriever, Beau. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Washington NC.
Professional & EducationWorking part-time to pay for his tuition, Sen. Cook graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. Upon graduation, he was offered an analyst position with Potomac Electric Power Company, a billion dollar company in Washington D.C. After a few short years he was promoted to the first of several managerial positions. During his 34 year tenure he effectively managed revenue forecasts, cost of service studies, determining prices and budget preparation for multiple departments. After retiring in 2003, he and Holly moved to North Carolina.
Public & Community Service
While living in Washington D.C., Sen. Cook volunteered regularly with several not-for-profit organizations. He served as a big brother, helped with Cub Scouts camping, taught teenagers about business and tutored students from Spanish speaking families. Also, for three years he was a president of a Falls Church, Virginia Home Owners Association.