MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A former House Delegate, State Senator, and labor leader passed away Friday.

Stephen Lee Cook, 76, served for nine years in the House of Delegates, four years in the State Senate, and 40 years as an officer and delegate to the Monongalia-Preston Labor Council.

Cook, born in Iowa, was a mainstay in West Virginia state politics and labor actions after moving to Morgantown in 1967.

He also served as Governor Jay Rockefeller’s Labor Commissioner for two years, spent ten years on the Monongalia County Board of Education, a year on the WV School Board Association, and 23 years as a faculty member with WVU’s Institute for Labor Studies and Research.

Cook last ran for public office in 2010, in a failed bid to return to the House of Delegates.

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