Longtime Delaware lawmaker to serve as Kent Co. Register of Wills

A woman with a long political history here in Delaware will now serve as Kent County Register of Wills. 

Delaware Governor Jack Markell appointed former state senator Nancy Cook to serve out the rest of Thomas Weyant’s term until the position can be filled at the next General Election. Weyant announced in September that he would retire effective November 1, 2011. His current term expires in December 2012.

“Nancy’s long career of dedicated public service, her attention to detail and unwavering devotion to Kent County makes her well-suited for the Register of Wills post,” Gov. Markell said. “Tom Weyant’s kind heart and 40 years of service to the county means he left big shoes to fill, but I’d say Nancy is a pretty good match.”

Cook was first elected as senator in 1974, following her husband, Allen Cook’s, death; he held the seat for 16 years. Nancy continued to represent the 15th District through 2010, when political newcomer, Republican David Lawson, walked away with the upset.

Known for her oversight of the state budget as co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, Cook told the Governor she will not seek election to the post in 2012.

“I look forward to fulfilling the needs of Kent County again and am pleased the Governor asked me to serve,” Cook said. “I’ve always said that county row offices are important and am looking forward to working with the public in this new capacity.”

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