Harold Cook is a public relations strategist and political advisor who has long been active in strategic communications, media operations, public policy formation and strategy, elections and politics.
A Democrat who even Republicans call “well-respected,” Cook has extensive legislative and governmental experience. He has served two Texas Secretaries of State, and worked at the Texas General Land Office as team leader of web marketing and public relations. He’s worked in the Texas House of Representatives, and as a consultant for the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus. He also worked for several years in private industry in the offshore oil and gas business.
His political commentary and views have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Time Magazine, the New York Times, and other national and international publications, and he’s a regular contributor to YNN-TV’s Capital Tonight show, a leading weekly statewide political and public affairs show in Texas.
Much of his time has been spent in the electoral arena, where he has worked with campaigns including President Bill Clinton in Texas, Texas Governor Ann Richards, and scores of other political efforts, from United States Senator to state district judges, as well as state-wide Democratic coordinated campaign efforts in two states, through many election cycles. The most recent time a Democrat in Texas won statewide was under Cook’s leadership of coordinated efforts in 1994. Despite a massive nation-wide Republican shift, five state-wide Texas Democrats won in what has ultimately proven to be the final election in which any statewide Democrat has prevailed in the state.
Cook is a former Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party, and currently divides his time between living in Austin and in the Big Bend region of Texas. In addition to his role as a political advisor, he also advises non-political clients on public relations, public image, and crisis management communications. He has been named one of the top ten Democratic consultants in Texas in the Power Rankings list of Capitol Inside, a respected online political news and information site.
Both serious political analysis, and absurd political satire and parody can be found on Cook’s website, LettersFromTexas.com, one of the leading political blogs in the nation.