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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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00003132&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Cooper Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013]</ref>
 
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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00003132&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Cooper Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013]</ref>
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Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper.jpeg
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
First electedNovember 3, 2002
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$7,396,021
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper (b. June 19, 1954, in Nashville, Tennessee) 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 won re-election in 2012.

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 academic, professional and 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

Issues

Campaign themes

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."[5]

Specific votes

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."[6] The bill was passed by the House with a margin of 241/180.[7]

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 one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Cooper was re-elected.[9] Cooper was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 5th District. Cooper ran unopposed in the August 2 Democratic primary. He faced Brad Staats (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Jim Cooper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/11/2013$693,328.32$18,955.50$(37,821.19)$674,462.63
July Quarterly[19]7/19/2013$674,462.63$259,514.21$(43,186.56)$890,790.28
Running totals
$278,469.71$(81,007.75)

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 .[20]

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.[21]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress 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.[22]

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 June 26, 2013.[23]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Cooper missed 405 of 13,351 roll call votes from January 1983 to April 2013. This amounts to 3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

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 ranks 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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cooper's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,679,042 and $11,113,000. That averages to $7,396,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 1.02% from 2010.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cooper's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,712,040 to $11,232,000. That averages to $7,472,020 which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

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.[28]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[29]

Percentage voting with party

2013

Jim Cooper voted with the Democratic Party 83.2% of the time, which ranked 192nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[30]

Recent news

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Personal

Jim Cooper is married to Martha. They have 3 children.

External links


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
  4. Congressman Jim Cooper, Representing Tennessee's 5th District "Committee Assignments"
  5. Cooper for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
  6. 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
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call 23" Accessed January 17, 2013
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  10. Associated Press primary results
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Cooper," Accessed April 2, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Cooper 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  18. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  19. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Cooper Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Jim Cooper 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  22. OpenCongress, "Jim Cooper," Accessed August 6, 2013
  23. Gov Track "Jim Cooper," Accessed June 26, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Cooper," Accessed April 10, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Jim Cooper," Accessed September 18, 2012
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Cooper (D-Tenn), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim Cooper (D-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Clement
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 5
2003–Present
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United States House of Representatives, Tennessee, District 4
1982-1994
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