"Steve was imbued with a philosophy of conservation as a young man, and has never wavered from his dedication to that cause," Governor Beebe said. "I am confident that he will work to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for both current and future generations."
Cook, 49, was born and raised in Hot Spring County, and grew up learning to hunt and fish along the Ouachita River. He has been involved with Ducks Unlimited for more than 30 years, serving previously as the Arkansas state chairman. Currently, he is a regional vice-president for the national organization. Cook is a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and other conservation causes.
In addition, Cook has served on the executive committee of the Arkansas State Police Foundation and as a longtime commander of the Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputies.