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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
Cost per vote$3.87 in 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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

National Defense Authorization Act

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]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Cooper voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Cooper voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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

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.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

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.[13]

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."[14] The bill was passed by the House with a margin of 241/180.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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."[18]

Elections

2012

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

Cooper was re-elected.[19] 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.[20]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Jim Cooper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/11/2013$693,328.32$18,955.50$(37,821.19)$674,462.63
July Quarterly[29]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 .[30]

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.[31]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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, 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.[36]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

Personal

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

Recent news

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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. 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 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Cooper on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  14. 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
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call 23" Accessed January 17, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Cooper on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. Cooper for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
  19. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  20. Associated Press primary results
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Cooper," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Cooper 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  28. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  29. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Cooper Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Jim Cooper 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  32. OpenCongress, "Jim Cooper," Accessed August 6, 2013
  33. Gov Track "Jim Cooper," Accessed June 26, 2013
  34. GovTrack, "Cooper," Accessed April 10, 2013
  35. LegiStorm, "Jim Cooper," Accessed September 18, 2012
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Cooper (D-Tenn), 2011"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Jim Cooper (D-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  38. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 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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