Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
– Margaret Thatcher
Oxford English Dictionary
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
My superpower is an ability to recall and sing AM hits of the 60s and 70s.
Also, I collect old cookbooks even though I rarely cook.
Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.
Amy began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts, and is famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources,” which the eco-left called “hands down the worst kind of feminism.”
In December 2016, she was honored to be the second person named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Amy is also a senior fellow with the influential Independent Women’s Forum, a free market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.
She has authored and contributed to numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Hill, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.
In 2015, Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She got her Master’s degree in American History from the University of Northern Colorado.
Amy loves sports (especially baseball), politics, policy, and living in Weld County with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three, stepmom of two, and “pet guardian” of one libertarian-minded cat.
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