Peter Cooke is a retired two-star general, successful business owner, husband, father of five and a Democrat who is running to be Utah’s next Governor.
Peter earned both a bachelor’s (1971) and master’s degree (1973) in political science from Utah State University. His 39 year career in the military began in Logan when he enrolled in USU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1967.
Major General (Ret.) Peter Cooke became the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 96th Regional Readiness Command in 2005, overseeing 10,000 soldiers and civilians in seven states.
An innovative entrepreneur, Peter pioneered public/private partnerships as he formed several real estate, construction and property management companies that provide affordable single-family and multi-unit housing throughout the western United States. He has developed projects in excess of $550 million, including the restoration of historic housing at Fort Douglas used by Olympic athletes during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Cooke, 63, is married with five children, four of them teenagers living at home. He is an active member of the LDS church, particularly involved in community emergency preparedness. His wife, Heather (Nelson), is a University of Utah graduate, former assistant U.S. attorney, member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, and Director of the Utah State Sentencing Commission.