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Greg Cook takes early fundraising lead in race for Alabama Supreme Court

Greg Cook has raised $316,970 to date and has $257,347 cash on hand in his race for Alabama Supreme Court.

Greg Cook (Gittings Photography)

The Greg Cook for Alabama Supreme Court campaign on Tuesday announced that the most recent round of campaign finance reports shows that Birmingham attorney Greg Cook has taken an early commanding fundraising advantage in the Republican primary campaign for the open seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Alabama Secretary of State, Cook has raised $316,970 to date and has $257,347 cash on hand. Calhoun County Circuit Judge Deborah Jones meanwhile has raised $64,168 to date and has just $29,250 in cash on hand. Incumbent Associate Justice Mike Bolin is not seeking re-election.

Cook has also recently received several high-profile endorsements including the Business Council of Alabama (Progress PAC), the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (ACJRC PAC), and the Alabama Trucking Association.

“As I have always said, judges should be like neutral umpires – just calling the balls and strikes – not favoring one side over another,” Cook said in a statement. “That is who I am and I believe that is why our campaign is off to such a great start. I’m a conservative. I believe a judge is there to apply the law as written. The people of Alabama want justices who will follow the law and fairly rule on the cases before the Alabama Supreme Court. That is what I will do.”

Cook recently resigned his position as the longtime general counsel for the Alabama Republican Party.

Cook has been in the legal profession for years and has held numerous positions with the American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, and the Birmingham Bar.  He serves on the Alabama Supreme Court’s Civil Rules Committee and has authored a two-volume treatise, Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated, as well as two books for the American Bar Association.

Cook has been married to his wife Kimberly for 33 years and they have three children. Greg and Kimberly have attended Dawson Baptist Church for the past 30 years, where he was ordained as a Deacon and has volunteered with the student ministry for over 20 years.

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Cook is from Florence, Alabama. After high school, he attended Duke University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and then served our country in the Air Force, reaching the rank of captain. In 1988, Cook was admitted to Harvard Law School where he worked on the Federalist Society’s Journal of Law and Public Policy alongside future Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

After finishing law school, Cook moved back to Alabama to begin practicing law in Birmingham. Over the next three decades, he established himself as a strong and active member of the Republican Party, volunteering in elections since 1992.

In 2000, he served as a volunteer attorney for the Bush vs. Gore legal battle in Florida, where Cook helped supervise the hand recount of the famous hanging-chad ballots. Locally, he has served on the Jefferson County Republican Steering Committee, Executive Committee and as legal counsel to the Jefferson County GOP for almost two decades. Cook also served on the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee for almost 15 years including the past 4 years as general counsel for the Alabama Republican Party.

The Republican primary will be May 24, 2022.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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