Jan Cook was first elected to the Alabama Public Service Commission as Commissioner, Place 1, in 1990. She was re-elected for her second four-year term in November, 1994, and was re-elected for her third four-year term in November, 1998.
She came to the Commission after 8 years as State Auditor. In 1982, she became the youngest person ever elected State Auditor in Alabama. During that election, she polled more votes than any other candidate running for state office.
Before running for State Auditor, Cook was a member of the City Council in her hometown of Dozier in Crenshaw County. She attended Auburn University, earning a degree in Political Science. She has done graduate work at both Troy State University and Auburn University at Montgomery.
Cook is a life member of the Alabama League of Aging Citizens and holds honorary memberships in the Future Homemakers of America and Delta Kappa Gamma.
She holds an honorary State Farmer's degree and has been selected as Beta Sigma Phi's Woman of the Year. She is a member of the Dozier Methodist Church.