Hooks, a Democrat, is ranking member of the budget-writing Senate Appropriations Committee. Prior to the Republican takeover of the Senate in 2003, he was Chairman of the Committee. He also served on the Senate Rules Committee and chaired the panel until his appointment to the Appropriations post in September 1993. Hooks is a member of the Natural Resources; Ethics (Vice Chair), and Rules. He serves as an ex officio member of the Economic Development, Tourism, and Cultural Affairs Committee. In addition to his standing committee assignments, Hooks serves on a number of interim study committees and state commissions. Senator Hooks co-chairs the joint Senate–House Budgetary Responsibility Oversight Committee, created by the 1993 Georgia General Assembly to help bring about budget reform by strengthening the legislature's role in evaluating the performance of state agencies. He is also a member of the Senate–House Fiscal Affairs Committee which is responsible for considering the transfer of state funds within agencies when the General Assembly is not in session. Hooks serves on the Senate Administrative Affairs Committee which sets policy and oversees the management of Senate operations. He also serves on the joint Senate–House Legislative Services Committee which oversees the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Legislative Budget Office, and the Office of Legislative Counsel. Senator Hooks is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). He also serves on the Legislative Management Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the Fiscal Oversight and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.