Jim Cooper (Tennessee)

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Jim Cooper
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U.S. House, Tennessee, District 5
Incumbent
In office
1983-1995, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)11
Years in position (previous service)12
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBob Clement (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.87 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 2002
Next primaryAugust 7, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,412,817
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives, Tennessee, District 4
1982-1994
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina
Master'sOxford University
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
BirthdayJune 19, 1954
Place of birthNashville, Tennessee
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$10,218,293.50
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper (b. June 19, 1954, in Nashville, TN) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee. Cooper was first elected by the voters of Tennessee's 5th Congressional District in 2002. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Cooper worked as an attorney and adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University before entering public service.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Jim Cooper is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Cooper was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1976, his M.A. from Oxford University in 1977 and his J.D. from Harvard University in 1980.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cooper's political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cooper serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Cooper served on the following committees:[4]

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Cooper's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Cooper voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Cooper voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Cooper voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Cooper voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Cooper voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cooper joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[12][13]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Cooper voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Cooper voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cooper voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Cooper voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Cooper has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Voted "No" Cooper was the only Democrat that voted against the $50.7 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims on January 15, 2013. According to Cooper, "The bill wasn't paid for. In fact, it wasn't even partially paid for. Congress really made no effort to pay for even a fracture of it, so it added $50 billion to the deficit."[25] The bill was passed by the House with a margin of 241/180.[26]

Abortion

Voted "No" Cooper voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Cooper voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Cooper's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cooper is a Moderate Populist. Cooper received a score of 30 percent on social issues and 28 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[30]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Neutral
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Neutral
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Cooper's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: .".. understands the stresses of the current economy and voted to save our failing banking system when we were facing our darkest hour."
  • Budget: ."..taming the deficit is the single most important issue facing America today."
  • Healthcare: ."..worked on a bipartisan basis to control cost and improve quality for patients, businesses, and medical professionals, and demanded that any health reform legislation meet the strict budget targets."[31]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Cooper is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 5th District. Cooper is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Tennessee's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cooper ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 5th District. He ran unopposed in the August 2, 2012, Democratic primary. He defeated Brad Staats (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.2% 171,621
     Republican Brad Staats 32.8% 86,240
     Green John Miglietta 2% 5,222
Total Votes 263,083
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cooper is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cooper raised a total of $6,412,817 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[38]

Jim Cooper (Tennessee)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $1,213,184
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $1,044,042
2008 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $637,404
2006 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $772,293
2004 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $816,924
2002 US House (Tennessee, District 5) Won $1,928,970
Grand Total Raised $6,412,817

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cooper's reports.[39]

Jim Cooper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 11, 2013$693,328.32$18,955.50$(37,821.19)$674,462.63
July Quarterly[41]July 19, 2013$674,462.63$259,514.21$(43,186.56)$890,790.28
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$891,790.28$57,775.29$(38,803.26)$910,762.31
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$910,762$48,061$(55,846)$902,977
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$902,977.34$58,494.22$(61,246.93)$900,224.63
Running totals
$442,800.22$(236,903.94)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Cooper's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Cooper won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Cooper's campaign committee raised a total of $1,213,185 and spent $664,008.[45]

Cost per vote

Cooper spent $3.87 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Cooper won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cooper's campaign committee raised a total of $1,044,042 and spent $1,173,955.[46]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5, 2010 - Jim Cooper (Tennessee) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,044,042
Total Spent $1,173,955
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $310,278
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $307,249
Top contributors to Jim Cooper (Tennessee)'s campaign committee
Vanderbilt University$19,001
Bass, Berry & Sims$13,750
Waller, Lansden et al$13,400
Vanguard Health Systems$12,700
Davidson, Golden & Lundy$12,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$123,925
Securities & Investment$55,350
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$50,750
Retired$50,725
Real Estate$48,600

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cooper's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $8,495,313 to $11,941,274. That averages to $10,218,293.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Cooper ranked as the 45th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47] Between 2004 and 2012, Cooper‘s calculated net worth[48] increased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[49]

Jim Cooper Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,702,508
2012$10,218,293
Growth from 2004 to 2012:117%
Average annual growth:15%[50]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[51]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[52]

Cooper most often votes with:

Cooper least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cooper is a "centrist Democrat," as of July 30, 2014.[53] This was the same rating Cooper received in June 2013.[54]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cooper missed 422 of 14,363 roll call votes from January 1983 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.5% among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cooper paid his congressional staff a total of $1,172,201 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranked 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2013

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cooper ranked 177th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cooper ranked 165th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[58]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cooper ranked 180th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[59]

Voting with party

2014

Cooper voted with the Democratic Party 85.8 percent of the time, which ranked 174th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[60]

2013

Cooper voted with the Democratic Party 83.2 percent of the time, which ranked 192nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Cooper and his wife, Martha, have 3 children.[62]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "COOPER, James Hayes Shofner, (1954 - )"
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "COOPER, James Hayes Shofner, (1954 - )"
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressman Jim Cooper, Representing Tennessee's 5th District, "Committee Assignments"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Vote Smart, "Cooper on agriculture," accessed October 15, 2013
  16. New York Times, "House Republicans push through Farm Bill, without food stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  25. Nashville Scene, "Cooper on Sandy Vote: 'I Hate Voting With the Republicans, But Congress Has to Do the Right Thing for the Country'," accessed January 17, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call 23," accessed January 17, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Cooper on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Cooper Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  30. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  31. Cooper for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 11, 2012
  32. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Cooper," accessed April 2, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Cooper 2014 Summary Reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Cooper Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  45. Open Secrets, "Cooper Campaign Contributions," accessed March 1, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Jim Cooper 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  47. OpenSecrets, "Cooper, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  49. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  51. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  52. OpenCongress, "Jim Cooper," accessed July 30, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Jim Cooper," accessed July 30, 2014
  54. GovTrack, "Jim Cooper," accessed June 26, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "Cooper," accessed July 30, 2014
  56. LegiStorm, "Jim Cooper," accessed September 18, 2012
  57. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 30, 2014
  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  62. Cooper for Congress, "About Jim," accessed April 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Clement
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 5
2003–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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United States House of Representatives, Tennessee, District 4
1982-1994
Succeeded by
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