Charles Cook

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(Political analyst)
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BornCharles Edward Cook Jr.
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma materGeorgetown University
SpouseLucy Cook
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
CFR. Election forecast analyst who attended his first Bilderberg meeting in 2018.

Charles Edward Cook Jr. is an American political analyst who specializes in election forecasts and political trends. He attended his first Bilderberg meeting in 2018. His successor at the Cook Report, Amy Walter, attended the 2017 Bilderberg meeting.

Cook writes election forecasts and rankings in the publication he founded in 1984[1], The Cook Political Report, and in other media. Cook founded the Cook Political Report. He is a political analyst for the National Journal and since 1994 with NBC. Cook writes two columns for National Journal, "The Cook Report" for the main publication and "Off to the Races" for the online National Journal Congress Daily. Since the 1984 US presidential election, Cook has provided election night commentary for various television networks.


Cook graduated in 1972 from Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport and attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC.[2]

Cook worked on Capitol Hill for then-Senator J. Bennett Johnston, a Democrat from Shreveport who served from 1972 to 1997. Cook also worked for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Policy Committee. In addition, he worked as a pollster and campaign consultant and on the staff of BUILD-PAC, the political action committee of the trade association, the National Association of Home Builders.[2]

In 1984, he founded the newsletter The Cook Political Report,[2] which publishes analyses of the primaries and general elections for federal political offices and state governorships. The Report's predictions are accorded high credibility among journalists and politicians.[3]

In 2006, Cook was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.[4]

In 2010, he won the Carey McWilliams award from the American Political Science Association.[5] The award is given annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics and carries a prize of $750.[5]

In 2013, he was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.[6]

In 2021, Amy Walter took over Cook's roles as Editor and Publisher of the since-renamed Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. He will continue to write columns and analysis for the newsletter as well as for National Journal.[7]

Family life

Cook is the son of Mary Hudgens Cook and Charles Cook Sr. (Magnolia, Arkansas 1916–2012). His father was a highly decorated officer in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.[8]

Cook and his wife Lucy live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[8] He has two sisters, Carole and Margaret, and a brother, Robert.[8]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20187 June 201810 June 2018Italy
Hotel Torino Lingotto Congress
The 66th Bilderberg Meeting, in Turin, Italy, known for months in advance after an unprecedented leak by the Serbian government.
Brussels Forum/201125 March 201127 March 2011Belgium
Yearly discreet get-together of huge amount of transatlantic politicians, media and military and corporations, under the auspices of the CIA and NATO-close German Marshall Fund.


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