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Residence: Fredericksburg, VA
Adam Cook moved with his family at age 16 from his native Southern California to Virginia where his father, a minister, established a small, nondenominational Protestant Christian church on land that was once part of George Washington's boyhood home near Fredericksburg. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of California-Los Angeles.
As an officer on active duty for six years in the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, Cook was a military prosecutor at two domestic bases and one in Korea.
He transferred in 2009 to the Air Force Reserve. He was called to active duty briefly in Afghanistan in the summer of 2012, forcing him to temporarily suspend his campaign for Congress.
Cook and his wife, Melody, reside in Fredericksburg.
Adam Cook is making his first run for elective office seeking the seat in Virginia's 1st Congressional District. He faces incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman in the November 2012 general election.
Cook went to work briefly for a startup aerospace firm, but soon left to join the Air Force where he was a military prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
In six years of active duty, he was stationed at bases in Alabama, Washington, D.C., and South Korea. He transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 2009 and, in 2011, volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan, where he was in charge of a detention center and led a team that investigated about 3,000 captured al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents confined there.
Called to active duty again in the summer of 2012, Cook was forced to suspend his congressional campaign because military rules forbid active personnel from engaging in political activity.
Cook wants to restore faith in government, saying that career politicians put party and special interests over the interests of their constituents.
He believes that improving education is a key component to rebuilding the middle class. He believes in holding teachers accountable for student performance, but that No Child Left Behind must be amended so that teachers can tailor how they teach to their own students and not be required to teach to a test.
Source: Associated Press
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