Ken Paxton

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Dallas Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

DALLAS Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Sean Cook, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Dallas Southeast office, for his commitment to Texas children. Cook was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Dallas region, which serves Dallas and four surrounding counties. Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key presented the award to Cook on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Fort Worth.

Thanks to Sean Cook’s hard work and dedication, thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong, Attorney General Abbott said. Sean is an outstanding lawyer and a tremendous asset to the Child Support Division. We are grateful to Sean for his commitment to Texas children.

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Sean Cook

Deputy Attorney General Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Cook, who began his career with the Office of the Attorney General in 1997 as a child support officer, left the agency a year later to study law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. After obtaining his law degree, Cook returned in 2003 as an assistant attorney general. In 2007, he was promoted to managing attorney. As managing attorney, he represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. He also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Cook was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because he exemplifies generosity, leadership and teamwork. He is an example to his staff and peers in embracing change and takes the lead to implement new practices and processes. In addition, Cook is well respected by the private bar and the Dallas County judiciary.

Sean is an example to all assistant attorneys general, said Senior Regional Attorney Karen Young. He possesses the qualities all attorneys representing the Child Support Division should exemplify. Sean skillfully represents the agency and advocates for court orders that support the agency’s mission and are fair to all parties.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at