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The Honorable Laura Nan Cook began her career at the Register of Wills Office in 1999 under former Register of Wills, Winsie Cannon. She served as PC Administrator for many years and later as Assistant Chief Deputy. She decided to run for the office of Register of Wills after her predecessor announced her plans to retire after 28 years in office. Laura was elected in November 2014 and is serving her first term as Register.

Laura and her husband Tom celebrated 25 years of marriage in May 2014. They have two children, Jacob and Julia. Laura is a lifelong resident of Queen Anne's County, grew up on Kent Island, and currently resides in Centreville.

Previous work experience includes:
  • Legislative Staff, Fiscal Notes Department, Office of Legislative Services (MD General Assembly)
  • Administrative Staff, House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (Capitol Hill)
  • Proudly served in Reagan Administration under Education Secretary William "Bill" Bennett (Washington, DC)
  • Record's Clerk, Queen Anne's County Office On Aging

Laura plans to enhance the services provided by the office through technologies already available and to ease the stress of the commuting workforce of Queen Anne's County by establishing satellite locations throughout the county for easier access to the services it provides.

"As Assistant Chief Deputy, I was committed to serving the citizens of Queen Anne's County. As Register, I look forward to continuing to guide the families and friends of our deceased loved ones with the same respect, care and compassion that I have guided them with for over 15 years."