Senator Cooke represents Colorado Senate District 13 and is the Majority Whip. Senator Cooke was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and lived there for the first five years of his life. He served in the United States Army National Guard while attending the University of Northern Colorado and after graduation served for six years in the 220th MP Company. He has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Senator Cooke is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in Quantico, Virginia. He was elected Weld County Sheriff in 2002 and completed three terms before being elected to serve Senate District 13.