The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) announces its endorsement of Judge Kelli Wise and Greg Cook for their election to the Alabama Supreme Court.
Wise was the youngest woman ever elected to sit on an Alabama Appellate Court when she was elected in 2000 to serve on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. In 2010, she was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court and is finishing her third term. She currently serves on the Alabama Law Institute Criminal Code Committee and has been tasked to re-write the Alabama Criminal Code.
“We are pleased to support Kelli in her election to another term on the Alabama Supreme Court. She has had a distinguished career and is dedicated to supporting the Rule of Law, where judges follow the law rather than create it,” said Chris Isaacson, President and CEO of AFA.
Wise and her husband, Arthur, have one daughter and reside in Montgomery County. She graduated from Auburn University and the Jones School of Law and then went on to earn her Masters of Public Administration from Auburn University of Montgomery where she was awarded the 2005 Most Outstanding Graduate.
“As a justice on Alabama’s highest court, I have defended our Constitution, adhered to the rule of law and remained faithful to my oath of office,” said Wise. “I do so because I understand that my legal decisions affect real people and working families. I am thankful that the Alabama Forestry Association has recognized my proven record of fair and impartial justice and is giving me their endorsement.”
Wise went on the say, “Alabama’s forests supply the raw materials for our state’s $28 billion industry and create jobs for over 100,000 Alabama workers. I am privileged to live, work and serve in a beautiful timber-filled state and I am humbled to receive the support of those individuals who are committed to the protection and conservation of Alabama’s greatest natural resource. I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the people of Alabama on the Supreme Court.”
Cook, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has served as the General Counsel for the Alabama Republican Party for the past four years. After graduating from Duke University with his Bachelor’s Degree, he served in the United States Air Force.
“Greg’s private practice experience representing the business community will bring great value to the Court. His core principles are consistent with ours and I am confident his background and experience will be a great addition to the Supreme Court,” said Isaacson.
Cook and his wife Kimberly have been married for 32 years and have three children. He is from Florence and currently lives in Jefferson County.
“I’m very proud to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” said Cook. “Like me, they are conservatives who believe in the rule of law, freedom, and a level playing field for everyone. As a judge, my job is like an umpire, to simply call the balls and strikes. I believe that my conservative judicial philosophy is a big reason why I am receiving this endorsement and I could not be more excited to receive their support.”
Wise and Cook are running in the GOP primary for seats on the Alabama Supreme Court on May 24, 2022.