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Rep. Jim Cooper

Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District

pronounced jim // KOO-per

Cooper is the representative for Tennessee’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Cooper is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1994.

Photo of Rep. Jim Cooper [D-TN5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cooper.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cooper is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cooper has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Jim Cooper sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cooper was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cooper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (33%) Health (33%) Armed Forces and National Security (33%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cooper’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cooper voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Cooper voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Cooper voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Cooper voted No

Cooper voted No

Cooper voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Cooper voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Oct 2019, Cooper missed 459 of 17,574 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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