Marco man to be Trump delegate

Steve Stefanides

When Republican party delegates and alternates meet in Cleveland on July 18-21, Marco Island will have a front row seat to history as Mike Hook, a 56-year-old seasoned political professional, will attend as an alternate delegate from the U.S. Congressional District 19.

“I’m honored to have been chosen and excited about the process and the Trump candidacy,” said Hook. “Mr. Trump has tapped into the well of discontent with politics as usual and the public has responded.”

Hook will join Mike Lyster and Jonathan Martin, chairmen of the Republican Executive committees in both Collier and Lee County respectively. In addition, Lisa Musial, chairwoman of the 20th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, will make up the third voting delegate from District 19.

Joining Hook as alternates will be Roz Lesser, treasurer of the Lee County Executive Committee, and Jesse Purdon, the Collier County district office representative for U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson.

Hook, a 35-year veteran of the political scene, started his career in the Buffalo, N.Y., area, working for U.S. House Rep. Bill Paxon from 1988-95.

He helped write the now-famous “Contract with America” that helped propel the Republican Party to seize control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 and elevated Newt Gingrich to speaker of the House.

He spent eight months pulling together many of the details of the 1996 Republican Convention held in San Diego before moving over to responsibilities within the Republican National Committee and rising to the post of chief of staff.

Hook then embarked on 15 years as a partner in the firm Greener and Hook in Washington, D.C., which provided consulting services to corporations, trade associations, ad-hoc organizations and Republican political clients.

After selling his company, he served as managing director for Roland-Kelly Inc., another communications and consulting company, before making the move to Marco Island to enjoy retirement with his family.

Hook was recruited by U.S. Rep. Chris Collins from the Buffalo area to assume the role of his chief of staff in September.

Hook now splits his time between Marco Island and the Washington Beltway again.

“I head out on a plane on Tuesday morning and usually can be back in Florida on Friday for time with the family,” said Hook by phone while changing planes on his way to his office in the nation’s capital.