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Michelle Cook is the State Representative for the 65th Assembly District in Torrington. She was first elected in 2008 and is currently serving her second term in office. For the 2011-2012 legislative session, Michelle will serve as Vice-chair of the Aging Committees and will continue to serve on the Education and Human Services Committees.
Rep. Cook has been an outspoken supporter for issues involving children and families having worked to reform the state's domestic violence laws in 2010. She has long supported children's issues and was named a 2009 and 2010 Children's Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for her work on improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security.
Michelle has been a long time advocate on behalf of seniors and was named the Homecare and Hospice legislator of the year. She sits on the advisory council for Prime Time House in Torrington that assists adults with serious mental illness find employment, education and housing.
She is a member of the Medicare sub-committee of the Primary Care Case Management, or HUSKY Primary Care in Connecticut. The HUSKY program is a new option in certain areas for families and health care providers seeking quality, and affordable health care.
Michelle is active in the Torrington community for the last 17 years. She is a member of the Torrington Early Childhood Collaborative, an organization committed to increase the quality of early education for young children. She founded the Torrington High School Parent Teacher Organization. She also served as the Director of Public Relations for Special Events for the Torrington Twisters Baseball Team for 12 years and the Torrington Titans. Her past community involvement includes being a Girl Scout leader, softball, baseball and basketball coach for many years.
She holds a B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Missouri Baptist University and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Special Education at Central Connecticut State University.
Michelle is married to Christopher Cook and has four children; Ryan, Katlyn, Ashlynn, and William.

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