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John Cooper (Arkansas)

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John Cooper
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Arkansas State Senate, District 21
In office
January 29, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 0
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedJanuary 14, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Office website
John Cooper is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 14, 2014.



See also: Arkansas state legislative special elections, 2014

A special election for the position of Arkansas State Senate District 21 was called for January 14, with a primary on October 8, 2013. A primary runoff took place on November 12, 2013. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 6, 2013. The seat was vacant following Paul Bookout's (D) resignation on August 21, 2013, after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items. Steve Rockwell and Radius Baker advanced past Gene Roebuck and Ray Kidd in the Democratic primary. Rockwell defeated Baker in the Democratic primary runoff. Dan Sullivan and John Cooper advanced past Chad Niell in the Republican primary. Cooper defeated Sullivan in the Republican primary runoff. John Cooper (R) defeated Steve Rockwell (D) in the special election, which took place on January 14.[1][2][3][4][5]

Arkansas State Senate, District 21, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cooper 57.2% 4,318
     Democratic Steve Rockwell 42.8% 3,235
Total Votes 7,553


Cooper ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 59. Cooper ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by Butch Wilkins (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngButch Wilkins Incumbent 53.7% 4,390
     Republican John R. Cooper 46.3% 3,790
Total Votes 8,180

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Preceded by
Paul Bookout (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 21
January 2014-Present
Succeeded by