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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 9

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Jim Cooper

64,879 votes (69.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Jobs: Stabilize our economy through encouraging new job development. We need to support small businesses, encourage entrepreneurship, and incentivize new businesses to locate to our region and state.
  • Education: I want to restore funding to K through 12 education, invest in universal pre-kindergarten education, and increase funding in higher education so we can roll back tuition rates.
  • Public Safety: We need to ensure that police and fire departments – and the whole criminal justice system – has the resources needed to achieve their goals of protecting and serving the public.



Profession:Assemblymember, Reitred Sheriff's Captain, and Former Councilmember
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2014–current)
Captain, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (1984–2014)
Councilmember, Elk Grove City Council — Elected position (2000–2014)


Saint Mary's Masters , Organizational Leadership (current)
West Point Leadership Academy Graduate (current)
FBI National Academy Graduate (current)


ssistant Majority Leader Jim Cooper proudly represents California’s 9th Assembly district, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi. Cooper currently serves on several committees, including: Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, Budget Committee, and Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration. Cooper also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities.

Assistant Majority Leader Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government.

Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 14 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up.

Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent three years working as the Department’s spokesperson and spent nearly a decade working as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective –investigating illegal activity to fight drug trafficking in Northern California.

Community service is a significant part of Assemblymember Cooper’s life. He has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.

Cooper grew up in Sacramento and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,364,743

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
California State Council of Laborers
Peace Officers Research Association of California
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
California State Association of Electrical Workers

More information about contributions

By State:

California 76.30%
District of Columbia 3.66%
Texas 3.58%
Illinois 2.09%
Other 14.37%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.79%)
Small contributions (0.21%)

By Type:

From organizations (97.09%)
From individuals (2.91%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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