Byron and his brothers moved with their parents from Abilene to ?Corsicana in 1967. Today, Byron and his ?wife, Kay, live in Corsicana and have two daughters.
Byron’s father, the late Leland P. Cook, was the former circulation ?manager for the Corsiciana Daily Sun. Leland left the newspaper? to start a family business. Later, he and Byron founded Tradewest, ?one of the nation’s leading independent software companies and ?licensee of several of Nintendo’s most popular video games such as? Double Dragon, Battletoads, and Super Off Road. Today, Byron? continues an interest in diversified businesses and in ranching.
The Cooks are active? community volunteers. Organizations supporting Byron in his past elections have included? the Texas Farm Bureau, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers, NRA,? Texas State Rifle Association, Texas Association of Business, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Medical Association, Texas ?Association of Realtors, Texas Public Employees Association, Texas? Civil Justice League, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas ?Classroom Teachers Association, Rural Friends of Electric Cooperatives, Texas Association of Builders, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, and many other groups, representing the working families of ?Texas House District 8.
Byron is a six term Republican State Representative. He currently ?serves as Chairman of the Texas House State Affairs Committee and? as a member of the Texas House Calendars Committee. He is also a ?member of the Texas House Republican Caucus and Texas Conservative ?Coalition. Byron has also served in past legislative sessions? as Chairman of the Texas House Committees on Civil Practices and the Committee on Environmental Regulation; and as a member of the Texas Sunset Commission– the state agency ?charged with identifying and eliminating waste and inefficiency in ?state government.
Northside Baptist Church.
Byron is a recipient ?of numerous legislative leadership awards including a patient? advocacy award by the Texas Medical Association and a rural ?government advocacy award by the Texas Municipal League. In? 2007, Byron was named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the ?"Top Ten" legislators in Texas. In 2010, Byron was also recognized ?for his leadership on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas with ?its "Texas House Debt-Busters" program. Prior to serving in the ?legislature, Byron served as President of his local Rotary Club and? was a co-recipient of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce Arthur?J. Keeney Community Service Award.
Associate’s Degree from Navarro College.