Candidate Profile
Paul Cook

Independent , Tennessee


Paul Cook
U.S. Rep., Dist. 9

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Disagree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

There have been many scientific advances since Roe vs. Wade. We now know that: • Life begins at conception • The unborn child’s DNA is separate and individual from the mother and there for not part of the mother’s body. • That the unborn child acts according to his/her own will and not the mother’s. I believe abortion should only be used in cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life. I believe it should be the mother’s choice. I believe she has the right to know all her options both pro-life and pro-choice before she makes such an important decision. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN USING ABORTION AS A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU GOT PREGNANT. Unborn children have rights too, Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Even in death they have a right to the dignity of a burial. I am against the use or sale of baby body parts for scientific research or any reason.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

"In order to lay a due foundation for that separate and distinct exercise of the different powers of government, which to a certain extent is admitted on all hands to be essential to the preservation of liberty" “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judicia in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self–appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny” (James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788).

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He atoned for our sins and he loves all of us. In Etymology, the name America means Children of God. I know that God prepared the Founding Fathers before the foundation of the world to bring forth this great nation called America and The Constitution of United States of America in these the last days. I know that America is a Holy Land and the Constitution of the United States of America a sacred document. I know that above unalienable rights there is only God, not government, not political parties, not any individual person or group. We may choose not to exercise them but no one has the authority or right to deny them to others. No one, not government, not schools, not political parties, nor individuals or groups have the right to deny others their unalienable rights because they are offended by them or for any other reason.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

anyone who desires to know more about my conservative views may visit my website at My stance on some issues are as follows: I support a Flat income tax at a percent(%) of the gross international income less than 1 billion dollars and 2X percentage tax rate for gross international incomes 1 billion dollars and greater. (ex: 10% X 100 million and 20% X 2 billion). If it is salary, investment income, inheritance, etc does not matter. I support a balanced budget Amendment,a 35% to 45% cut in salary for all elected, appointed officials including Congress, Senate, and the President, the payoff of the National debt and debt not be allowed except in war time. I support term limits for Congress, Senate and the Supreme Court, the removal of all exemptions from laws with the exception of Religious Institutions, the outlawing of Political Party National Committees because of corruption bordering on treason and returning power to states.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Email: Phone: 901-263-6213

Additional comment from candidate:

Paul Cook is NOT a Multi-Millionaire like Steve Cohen. I am an upper-low income American, who grew up in Memphis whose party roots go back to Thomas Jefferson and a strict Constitutionalist. I am an analyst by trade. That is one of my gifts. I have had to live on welfare and food stamps. I have had to make that decision whether to buy food or pay bills. I understand the needs of Americans. My Family is multi-racial. Dignity, self-respect and self-worth are some of the things people have lost. I intend to help them find it. I am a U.S.M.C. Vietnam era veteran. I volunteered and served my country from 1971 – 1982. I have had to ask myself the question that every American serviceman ask himself. If I am called upon to do so, are the unalienable rights which God has endowed us with and the U. S. Constitution worth dying for. I testify that the answer is yes. No one can know, comprehend, or understand the value and cost of Freedom except those who have served.


  • University of Memphis, Memphis TN, BBA-MIS, 2012
  • SouthWest Comm College, Memphis TN, AS - IT, 1999
  • Mississippi State Law Enforcement Academy, Pearl MS, Law Officer, 1984
Work & Military
  • United States Marine Corps, Regimental Tech Chief, 10
  • Military Air Command
  • Miss. State Law Enforcement, Miss, State Correctional Officer Parchman MS, 2
  • FedEx, Technical Analyst, 19
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Member
  • American Family Association, Contributor
  • The Heritage Foundation, Contributor
  • American Center for Law and Justice, volunteer - Contributor
  • Habitat for Humanity, volunteer
  • United Way, Contributor
  • U.S. Congress TN 9th District, Sought 2014

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