Jan Cook is a native of Dozier, Alabama, where she served on the City Council. She is a graduate of Auburn University, with a degree in Political Science and has done graduate work at both AUM and Troy State. In 1982 she sought her first statewide office and won the office of State Auditor with more votes than any other candidate seeking office. She was re-elected in 1986, and in 1990 began serving as your Public Service Commissioner where she is presently in her third term.

Commissioner Cook has always been a consumer-minded Commissioner and has sponsored several initiatives, including anti-slamming and cramming legislation, statewide Y2K information forums and has been involved in issues ranging from helping Alabama agriculture compete in the global market to her concerns for railway safety. In addition, under Commissioner Cook's watch, she developed several programs to help Alabama farmers through the 2000 drought.

Cook is a member of the Dozier Methodist Church and is active in various civic and charitable organizations. She is also a life member of the Alabama League of Aging Citizens and holds honorary memberships in the Future Homemakers of America and Delta Kappa Gamma. Cook also holds an honorary State Farmer's degree and has been selected as Beta Sigma Phi's Woman of the Year. Also, she was recognized by the Alabama National Guard Association for her work on behalf of Alabama Guardsmen during Operation Desert Storm, receiving the highest Military Medal that can be bestowed on a civilian.

Commissioner Cook's Staff:
Tom Whatley, Chief Counsel
Liz Thompson, Executive Secretary
Leigh Nichols, Assistant to Chief Counsel
Claire Walker, Assistant

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