Hooker is responsible for managing all state legislative initiatives for the company, as well as developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key state stakeholders and large customers.
His retirement will cap a 44-year career that started in ComEd’s mailroom in 1967, followed by key management positions in a number of business units within the company, including industrial relations, marketing, regulatory affairs and governmental affairs.
Hooker’s rise through the ranks of ComEd was driven by an outgoing personal style, eagerness to learn and dedication to hard work. In 1976, he was promoted to a marketing director position. In 1992, he was named area manager for operations in Bolingbrook. In 1995, he was named director of governmental affairs and helped garner legislative support of the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. He became an officer of the company in 2000 and in 2003 was promoted to senior vice president of real estate and property management and external affairs.
Hooker serves on a number of boards including the Chicago State University Foundation; the Peoples Consumer Cooperative, which provides low-cost housing for the elderly; the Safer Foundation, a non- profit organization helping former offenders build productive lives; Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young people; and The African American Legacy Initiative, a non-profit organization that works to improves the quality of life of the residents of Chicago communities.
Hooker, who grew up in Chicago's Lawndale community on Chicago’s West Side, graduated from Chicago State University with a degree in marketing.