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|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Bob Clement|
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
|Succeeded by||Van Hilleary|
James Hayes Shofner Cooper
June 19, 1954
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
(m. 1985; died 2021)
|Relatives||Prentice Cooper (father)|
John Cooper (brother)
|Education||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)|
Oriel College, Oxford (MA)
Harvard University (JD)
James Hayes Shofner Cooper (born June 19, 1954), is an American lawyer, businessman, professor, and politician who has served since 2003 as the U.S. representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district (based in Nashville and containing parts of Davidson, Cheatham, and Dickson Counties). He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Blue Dog Coalition, and represented Tennessee's 4th congressional district from 1983 to 1995. His district includes all of Nashville. He chairs the United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the House Armed Services Committee, and sits on the Committee on Oversight and Reform, United States House Committee on the Budget, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, more committees than any other member of Congress. He is also the dean of Tennessee's congressional delegation. He is the third-longest serving member ever of Tennessee's congressional delegations, after Jimmy Quillen and B. Carroll Reece.
Due to Cooper's rare split tenure in Congress in two entirely different districts, his career was divided in two fields: regulatory and health care legislation in the rural 4th district and military affairs in the urban 5th.
Cooper built seniority and respect on two different sets of committees, becoming what The New York Times op-ed writer Joe Nocera called "the conscience of the House, a lonely voice for civility in this ugly era."
Early life, education, and legal career
Cooper was born in Nashville and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He is the son of former governor Prentice Cooper and his wife Hortense (Powell). His paternal grandfather, William Prentice Cooper, served as mayor of Shelbyville and speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The Cooper family owns the River Side Farmhouse, built for his great-great-grandfather, Jacob Morton Shofner, in 1890; the Gov. Prentice Cooper House, built for his grandfather in 1904; and the 1866 Absalom Lowe Landis House in Normandy, Tennessee, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cooper attended the Episcopal boys' boarding school Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of the Chi Psi fraternity, received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, and earned a B.A. in history with highest honors and honors in economics in three years. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, where he was a member of Oriel College and earned a B.A./M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics in 1977. In 1980, he received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
U.S. House of Representatives (1983–1995)
In 1982, Cooper won the Democratic primary for the 4th district, which had been created when Tennessee gained a district after the 1980 census. The new 4th ran diagonally across the state, from heavily Republican areas near the Tri-Cities, Knoxville and Chattanooga to the fringes of the Nashville suburbs. The district stretched across five media markets – the Tri-Cities (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol), Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama. The district touched four states – Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi – and nearly touched North Carolina and Georgia.
Cooper defeated Cissy Baker, an editor in Washington for CNN and the daughter of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, with 66% of the vote, becoming the youngest member of Congress at age 28.
Cooper was reelected five more times with little substantive opposition, running unopposed in 1986 and 1988. Before Cooper's election, much of the eastern portion of the 4th had not been represented by a Democrat since the Civil War.
In 1992, Cooper co-authored a bipartisan health-care reform plan that did not include employer mandates compelling universal coverage. Called "Clinton-Lite", this initiative was strongly opposed by Hillary Clinton despite its strong backing from both parties.
With Representative Fred Grandy and Senator John Breaux, Cooper coauthored the Cooper-Breaux bipartisan health reform plan, which dramatically increased health insurance coverage with the support of the business community.
Cooper became the leading expert on rural electrical cooperatives, later authoring "Electric Co-operatives: From New Deal to Bad Deal?" in the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
1994 U.S. Senate election
In 1994, Cooper ran for the Senate seat vacated by Al Gore's election to the Vice Presidency in 1992, but lost to Republican attorney and actor Fred Thompson. Cooper received just under 40% of the vote. It was a bad year overall for Democrats in Tennessee, as Republican Bill Frist won Tennessee's other Senate seat held by Jim Sasser and Don Sundquist was elected governor. The 4th district seat was also won by a Republican, Van Hilleary, as the GOP gained a majority of the state's congressional delegation for only the second time since Reconstruction.
Inter-congressional years (1995–2003)
After losing his Senate bid, Cooper moved to Nashville and became an investment banker at Equitable Securities. Later, he co-founded Brentwood Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank based in Nashville. He also served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management until 2015.
U.S. House of Representatives (2003–present)
When Thompson opted not to run for reelection to the Senate in 2002, 5th district Congressman Bob Clement (with whom Cooper had served from 1988 to 1995) ran for Thompson's seat. Cooper entered the 5th district Democratic primary along with several other candidates, including Davidson County Sheriff Gayle Ray, Tennessee's first female sheriff, and state legislator John Arriola. Cooper won the primary with 47% of the vote. He won the general election against Republican nominee Robert Duvall (not the actor Robert Duvall), 64%-33%.
The 5th, based in heavily Democratic Nashville, has long been one of the South's most Democratic districts. It and its predecessors have been in Democratic hands without interruption since 1875, and no Republican had made a serious bid for it since 1972. Upon his return to Congress, the Democrats gave him back his seniority.
Cooper defeated Republican nominee David Hall, 57%–42%. This is his smallest margin of victory during his time representing the 5th district.
Republicans gained complete control of state government for the first time since Reconstruction. This led to speculation that the legislature might try to draw the 5th out from under Cooper in an effort to gain another Republican district. In the summer of 2011, Cooper and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean told The Tennessean that they had heard rumors that Nashville would be split among three Republican districts. Despite its size, Nashville has been entirely or mostly in a single district since Reconstruction. Cooper said he had seen a map that would have put his Nashville home in the heavily Republican 6th district. The 5th would have been reconfigured into a strongly Republican district stretching from Murfreesboro to the Alabama border, while the rest of Nashville would have been placed in the heavily Republican 7th district. Had it been implemented, the map would have left Cooper with only two realistic places to run—an incumbent-versus-incumbent challenge in the 6th against freshman Republican Diane Black, or the reconfigured 5th, which had reportedly been drawn for State Senator and Murfreesboro resident Bill Ketron, chairman of the redistricting committee. But the final map was far less ambitious, and made the 5th slightly more Democratic than its predecessor. Notably, Cooper picked up all of Nashville; previously, a sliver of southwestern Nashville had been in the 7th.
Cooper defeated Republican nominee B. Staats, 65%–33%.
Cooper was challenged in the Democratic primary by public defender Keeda Haynes, Justin Jones, and former Republican Joshua Rawlings, though Jones withdrew before the primary. Haynes was endorsed by state senator Brenda Gilmore and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, among others. Cooper defeated Haynes and Rawlings with 57% of the vote to Haynes's 40% and Rawlings's 3%.
In the general election, Cooper did not face a Republican nominee. He received 99.99% of the vote, with 14 votes going to write-in candidates.
On January 25, 2022, Cooper announced he would not run for reelection and would retire from Congress. Cooper made the decision due to the state legislature's controversial move to split Davidson County into three congressional districts in an attempt to gerrymander another Republican district.
Cooper is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democrat Coalition, and he has a generally moderate voting record. He also serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Despite the different policy affiliation, he became one of Barack Obama's earliest Congressional endorsers. Cooper opposed an $819 billion economic stimulus plan that passed the House in 2009, but ended up voting for the revised $787 billion final package. He is one of only a few Blue Dog members not to seek earmarks. Cooper voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.
In 2006, Cooper persuaded Nelson Current publishers to issue The Financial Report of the United States: The Official Report the White House Does Not Want You to Read, for which he wrote the introduction.
In 2009 the Wall Street Journal wrote of Cooper's concerns about the national deficit, "It's even worse than most people think, he says, because of dodgy accounting used by the federal government. ... 'The U.S. government uses cash accounting,' he says. 'That is illegal for any enterprise of any size in America except for the U.S. government.'" He made similar remarks on PBS, saying, "The real deficit in America is at least twice as large as any politician will tell you. And it may be ten times larger."
In 2012, Cooper authored the No Budget, No Pay Act, which specified that members of Congress would not be paid unless they passed a budget by October 1, 2012. It became law in modified form in 2015. Also in 2012, Cooper and Representative Steve LaTourette forced the only congressional vote on the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction package.
Cooper created the Golden Goose Award to honor the benefits of government-funded scientific research with an annual award ceremony at the Library of Congress. The award is intended to boost the morale of researchers who are often ridiculed by politicians for their work.
In January 2013, Cooper was the only Democrat in the House to vote against an emergency bill to provide additional disaster and recovery funds in the wake of Hurricane Sandy after supporting the initial $30 billion in relief.
In recent cycles, Cooper has consistently voted for someone other than Nancy Pelosi for speaker. He cast his vote for Heath Shuler in 2011, Colin Powell in 2013, January 2015 and October 2015, and for Tim Ryan in 2017. He voted present in 2019. In 2021, Cooper broke his streak and voted for Pelosi.
In 2017, Cooper worked with Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama on a proposal to establish a Space Corps under the Department of the Air Force. This proposal passed in the House and then failed in the Senate. Two years later, a bill with very similar language was signed into law, creating the United States Space Force.
On January 13, 2021, Cooper voted for the second impeachment of Donald Trump.
In January 2022, when the board of trustees of McMinn County Schools in Tennessee, in a 10-0 decision, removed the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel Maus from its curriculum for 8th grade English classes, overriding a State curriculum decision, Cooper was critical of the decision. He called the ban "outrageous" and "really shameful".
Currently the chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Cooper has been the top Democrat in charge of both nuclear weapons and military satellites for many years. Although most of the work is classified, Cooper wrote an article for War on the Rocks titled "Updating Space Doctrine: How to Avoid World War III." He and his Republican counterpart, Doug Lamborn, also wrote "Let's Correct a Misperception about Nuclear Modernization" for Defense One.
- Criticism of Congress
In 2009, Cooper and his aide Russell Rumbaugh authored an article titled "Real Acquisition Reform", which was printed in Joint Forces Quarterly.
Cooper spoke with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig about reforming Congress. According to Lessig, Cooper said that members of Congress are so preoccupied with the question of what they will do after leaving Congress–the most obvious career path being lobbying–that they fall into the habit of thinking about how to serve special interests rather than how to serve the public. According to Lessig, Cooper called Congress a "Farm League for K Street". The Boston Review reprinted Cooper's Harvard lecture on "Fixing Congress."
In 2011, Cooper said, "Working in this Congress is deeply frustrating; in fact, it's enraging. My colleagues are misbehaving. They're posturing for voters back home. They're taking the cheap political hit instead of studying the problem that's before us." The same year, he "called the partisan posturing over the debt ceiling 'an extremely dangerous game of chicken,' and said he'd 'never seen politicians act more irresponsibly than they have been recently,' over the nation's debt."
Cooper was ranked the 20th most bipartisan member of the House during the 114th United States Congress (and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee) in the Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy's Bipartisan Index, which ranks members of Congress by bipartisanship (by measuring how often each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
- United States House Committee on Armed Services
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform
- Subcommittee on Environment
- United States House Committee on the Budget
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Blue Dog Coalition
- New Democrat Coalition
- Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Congressional Wire Products Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Fix Congress Now Caucus (Co-Chair)
- 21st Century Healthcare Caucus
- Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus/Disabilities Advisory Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Congressional HBCU Caucus
- Kurdish American Caucus
- National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
- Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus
- Bipartisan Task Force Combating Anti-Semitism
- Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
Cooper was married to Martha Bryan Hays, an ornithologist, from 1985 until her death from Alzheimer's disease in 2021 at age 66. They had three children. His daughter, Mary, was the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cooper's son Jamie graduated from the University of Georgia, and his son Hayes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is completing his M.F.A. in poetry at Vanderbilt University.
Cooper's brother, John, is the mayor of Nashville and formerly served on the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County.
Cooper married Nashvillian Mary Beltz Falls, 56, in March 2022.
|1982||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||93,453||66.1||Cissy Baker||Republican||47,865||33.9%|
|1984||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||93,848||75.2%||James Beau Seigneur||Republican||31,011||24.8%|
|1986||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||86,997||100.0%|
|1988||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||94,129||100.0%|
|1990||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||52,101||67.4%||Claiborne Sanders||Republican||26,424||29.6%||Gene M. Bullington||Independent||3,793||3.0%|
|1992||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||98,984||64.6%||James Beau Seigneur||Republican||50,340||32.9%||Ginnia C. Fox||Independent||3,970||2.5%||Kieven Parks||Independent||1,210||1.0%|
|1994||U.S. Senator||Jim Cooper||Democratic||565,930||38.6%||Fred Thompson||Republican||885,998||60.4%|
|2002||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||108,903||63.7%||Robert Duvall||Republican||56,825||33.3%||John Jay Hooker||Independent||3,063||1.8%||Jonathan Farley||Independent||1,205||1.0%||Jesse Turner||Independent||877||1.0%|
|2004||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||168,970||69.3%||Scott Knapp||Republican||74,978||30.7%|
|2006||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||122,919||68.9%||Tom Kovach||Republican||49,702||28.0%||Virginia Welsch||Independent||3,766||2.1%||Scott Knapp||Independent||1,755||1.0%|
|2008||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||181,467||65.9%||Gerard Donovan||Republican||85,471||31.0%||Jon Jackson||Independent||5,464||2.0%||John Miglietta||Green||3,196||1.0%|
|2010||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||99,162||56.2%||David Hall||Republican||74,204||42.1%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||171,621||65.2%||Brad Staats||Republican||86,240||32.8%||John Miglietta||Green||5,222||2.0%|
|2014||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||96,148||62.3%||Bob Ries||Republican||55,078||35.3%||Paul Deakin||Independent||3,050||6.4%|
|2016||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||171,111||62.6%||Stacy Ries Snyder||Republican||102,433||37.4%|
|2018||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||177,923||67.8%||Jody Ball||Republican||84,317||32.2%|
|2020||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||50,752||57.1%||Keeda Haynes||Democratic||35,472||39.9||Joshua Rawlings||Democratic||2,681||3.0%|
|2020||U.S. Representative||Jim Cooper||Democratic||252,155||100.0%|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jim Cooper.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Column archive at The Atlantic
- The Last Moderate, Joe Nocera, The New York Times, September 5, 2011