About David Cooke

Most of David Cooke’s friends and family describe him as “the nicest family man you’ll ever meet.” David and his wife — Macon native Rebecca Rowell Cooke — met at the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, where they both now serve as Deacons, and the Cooke’s are the proud parents of three young children they are raising right here in Bibb County.

But as a life-long prosecutor, there’s also a pretty tough side to David Cooke.

David is currently a Senior Assistant District Attorney where he leads the Child Support Enforcement Division – making sure that families and children in our community get the justice and support they need during tough times.

David previously served as Chief of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) for four years, prosecuting crimes against women and children, and other serious violent felonies.

While David chose to settle down, get married and raise a family right here in Macon, he honed his professional career in some of the toughest DA offices in Georgia. A career prosecutor, David was a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, where he prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including the starvation and torture-murder of five-year-old Terrell Peterson.

In addition to working in the Homicide and Special Victims Units in Atlanta, Cooke served as an Assistant Solicitor-General in Athens, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Carrollton.

David also served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet Crimes Against Children.

David tried over sixteen murder trials in 2004, and was later named the Special Unit “Lawyer of the Year” by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, he was named one of the 10 Georgia lawyers “On the Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report, and was later nominated as Georgia’s Assistant District Attorney of the Year.

David has also received awards for his advocacy from the US Department of Justice in 2006 and the Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center in 2008. In 2009, he made the short list to be nominated as President Obama’s United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. In 2010, he was nominated a second time as Georgia’s Assistant District Attorney of the year by then DA Jason Ashford. Later that same year, he was named to the board of directors of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC.

In 2011, David was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s new task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

As a husband and father of three young children, David is passionate about being a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, and has been featured multiple times as an expert commentator on HLN’s Nancy Grace Show.

 

Most of David Cooke’s friends and family describe him as “the nicest family man you’ll ever meet.” David and his wife — Macon native Rebecca Rowell Cooke — met at the First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, where they both now serve as Deacons, and the Cooke’s are the proud parents of three young children they are raising right here in Bibb County.

But as a life-long prosecutor, there’s also a pretty tough side to David Cooke.

David is currently a Senior Assistant District Attorney where he leads the Child Support Enforcement Division – making sure that families and children in our community get the justice and support they need during tough times.

David previously served as Chief of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) for four years, prosecuting crimes against women and children, and other serious violent felonies.

While David chose to settle down, get married and raise a family right here in Macon, he honed his professional career in some of the toughest DA offices in Georgia. A career prosecutor, David was a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, where he prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including the starvation and torture-murder of five-year-old Terrell Peterson.

In addition to working in the Homicide and Special Victims Units in Atlanta, Cooke served as an Assistant Solicitor-General in Athens, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Carrollton.

David also served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet Crimes Against Children.

David tried over sixteen murder trials in 2004, and was later named the Special Unit “Lawyer of the Year” by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, he was named one of the 10 Georgia lawyers “On the Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report, and was later nominated as Georgia’s Assistant District Attorney of the Year.

David has also received awards for his advocacy from the US Department of Justice in 2006 and the Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center in 2008. In 2009, he made the short list to be nominated as President Obama’s United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. In 2010, he was nominated a second time as Georgia’s Assistant District Attorney of the year by then DA Jason Ashford. Later that same year, he was named to the board of directors of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, DC.

In 2011, David was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s new task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).

As a husband and father of three young children, David is passionate about being a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, and has been featured multiple times as an expert commentator on HLN’s Nancy Grace Show.