Cook selected to serve on task force to improve civic education

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2020) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) was recently selected to serve on a new task force to boost civic engagement in local communities.

As a member of the Civic Education Task Force, Cook will be responsible for preparing specific, actionable recommendations based on research and ideas from around the country and state.

“After working with young Hoosiers for many years, I understand that in their busy lives they may not be focused on civic engagement,” Cook said. “However, our democracy depends on participation and I look forward to finding innovative solutions to keep Hoosiers motivated and involved in their local communities.”

The Indiana Bar Foundation created the task force at the recommendation of the 2019 Indiana Civic Health Index, which compares Indiana’s civic engagement to other states. Cook said he was appointed to study the issue by Speaker-elect Todd Huston (R-Fishers). He is set to serve alongside other legislators and Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.  

Cook said the group is set to start examining the issue in March and is expected to release its findings and recommendations later this year.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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