Speaker: Donald C. Cook
Date: October 1, 1981
Cook first began his work for Johnson in 1943, when he served as special council to the House Committee on Naval Affairs that was chaired by Johnson. In 1952, Cook became chairman of the SEC which he held for one year until he left to manage the American Electric Power Company. From his position of president of AEP, Cook advised President Johnson on economic matters, tending to be fairly liberal. In 1965 Johnson offered Cook the post of Secretary of Treasury but he never accepted. He remained a strong advocate of the Great Society programs and continued to offer the president advice on economic matters.