Jim Cooper

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U.S. Representative

Jim Cooper ()
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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James Hayes Shofner "Jim Cooper, a Democrat, has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Cooper was born July 19, 1954 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He is the son of former governor of Tennessee Prentice Cooper. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, University of Oxford and the Harvard University Law School.

In 1982, he won the Democratic primary for the new 4th Congressional District, which had been created when Tennessee gained a district after the 1980 census.

In 1994, Cooper left the U.S. House and ran unsuccessfully for the Senate for the seat left open when Al Gore was elected Vice President. He lost to Republican attorney and actor Fred Thompson in an overwhelming landslide, receiving well under 40% of the vote.

Cooper got another opportunity to run for the U.S. House in 2002 when Fifth District Congressman Bob Clement decided to run for Thompson's Senate seat in 2002 after Thompson opted not to run for a second full term. Cooper entered the Democratic primary along with several other prominent local Democrats. Cooper won the primary with 44 percent of the vote, all but assuring him of a return to Congress after an eight-year absence. He won handily in November and was reelected almost as easily in 2004 against a Republican who ran only a token campaign and disavowed his party's national ticket. Given the heavy Democratic tilt of the 5th, it is very unlikely that Cooper will face a serious or well-funded Republican opponent in the forseeable future.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Cooper’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Bass, Berry & Sims$ 15,150
Vanderbilt University$ 11,800
Olan Mills Photography$ 10,400
Rogers Group$ 10,400
Blue Dog PAC$ 10,000
CSX Corp$ 10,000
Deloitte LLP$ 10,000
Ernst & Young$ 10,000
Triumph Group$ 10,000
FedEx Corp$ 9,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Jim Cooper
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Jim Cooper. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1536 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4311 Fax: 202-226-1035
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District offices
  • 2598 North Mount Juliet Road, Suite 100, Mount Juliet, TN 37122
    Ph: 615-773-2305 Fax: (none entered)
  • 706 Church Street, Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37203
    Ph: 615-736-5295 Fax: (none entered)
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