Jim Cooper

James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper ( born June 19, 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American politician. Between 1983 and 1995 he sat for the fourth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives; Since 2003 he is representing the fifth district this nation State.


Jim Cooper is the son of former governor Prentice Cooper ( 1895-1969 ). Until 1972 he attended the Groton School in Massachusetts. Then he studied until 1975 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the subjects of history and economics. This was followed up in 1977 to study at the University of Oxford in England, where he studied political science, among others. After a subsequent study of law at Harvard University and in 1980 made ​​his admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession. At times, he then taught also at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Politically, Cooper joined the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1982 he was in the fourth district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Al Gore on January 3, 1983. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1995 six legislative periods.

In 1994 he renounced in favor of a then unsuccessful candidacy for the U.S. Senate on a possible re-election. In the following years, Cooper worked as an investment banker. In the congressional elections of 2002 with his victory in the fifth district of Tennessee he managed a political comeback. On 3 January 2003, he was able to take the hitherto held by Bob Clement mandate in Congress. Since he was in all subsequent elections, including the election of 2010, confirmed he may exercise his mandate until today. His current legislative period runs until 3 January 2013. Cooper is a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in four sub-committees.

Jim Cooper is married since 1985 with Martha Bryan Hays, with whom he has three children.