Ken Cope

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Ken Cope
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Texas
Bachelor'sSt. Mary's University
Master'sUniversity of Dallas
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Date of birthAugust 17, 1953
Place of birthGardena, California
Campaign website
Ken Cope campaign logo
Ken Cope (b. August 17, 1953, in Gardena, CA) was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Texas.[1] He was defeated by incumbent John Cornyn in the primary election on March 4, 2014.[2]


Cope studied accounting at Sawyer College of Business. He received his BBA in Accounting from St. Mary's University. He later received his MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. Cope has worked for Southwest Airlines and Triumph Group.[3]


Campaign themes


Cope's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "I believe that U.S. Senators should limit themselves to two consecutive terms and U.S. Representatives to six consecutive terms in the absence of Constitutional term limits. If elected, I commit to voluntarily limit myself to this requirement."
  • U. S. Debt Ceiling
Excerpt: "I believe there should be a fixed cap linked to national GDP, with an exception for direct wartime expenditures in time of war only.•Fundraising: As your Senator, for my second term I would do no fund-raising until 18 months before the election; I believe Representatives should do no fund-raising until 12 months before their re-election."
  • Fund Accumulation
Excerpt: "I do not believe Senators or Representatives should carry over campaign funds from election to election. After this election, I commit to contribute the balance in the account to charitable organizations such as Wounded Warriors and groups aiding battered women."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I do not believe in amnesty, nor do I believe we can or should deport everyone who is not here legally. I do believe in securing our borders immediately, with limited deportations based on felony offenses. For me, immigration reform would involve provisional Social Security cards for all during processing, with those here illegally moving to the back of the citizenship line."
  • Gun Control
Excerpt: "I believe the Second Amendment is clear and sacred, and oppose any form of national firearms registry."



See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2014

Cope ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Texas. Cope was defeated by incumbent John Cornyn in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Texas Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn Incumbent 59.4% 781,259
Steve Stockman 19.1% 251,577
Dwayne Stovall 10.7% 140,794
Linda Vega 3.8% 50,057
Ken Cope 2.6% 34,409
Chris Mapp 1.8% 23,535
Reid Reasor 1.6% 20,600
Curt Cleaver 0.9% 12,325
Total Votes 1,314,556
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cope's reports.


Cope and his wife, Marie, have three children. He attends First Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas.[3]

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