Carl Cook serves as Senior Ranger Captain for the Texas
Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public
Safety. The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement
agency with a statewide jurisdiction on the North American
continent. In recent history, only three other people
have held the Senior Captain's position.
Cook replaced former Senior Captain H.R. "Lefty" Block
in 1992. For the past 25 years, Cook has worked in various
positions within the Rangers.
He worked as a Ranger in Houston, San Augustine, Livingston
and Midland before becoming Senior Captain.
Before he joined the Texas Rangers, Cook worked for
six years in other areas of the Department of Public
Safety, including as a criminal intelligence agent and
a highway patrolmen.
Prior to his service in the Department of Public Safety,
Cook was a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving as
an air policeman in South Vietnam.
Cook received his Bachelor of Science in law enforcement
and police science from Sam Houston State University
in 1975. He went on to earn his master of arts in political
science in 1978, from Stephen F. Austin State University.
After completing his education at the university,
Cook went on to graduate from the FBI National Academy
and the Police Staff and Command School at Northwestern
Traffic Institute, held at Northwestern University.
He was simultaneously working his way up the ranks of
the Department of Public Safety.
While at Northwestern University, Cook received the
Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award.
Cook, a LaPorte native, now resides in Round Rock
with his wife, April Robbins Cook, and 21-year-old son
Marcus Ray. His other son, Maurice Carl Cook, Jr., is
25 years old and lives in Austin.