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 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1994.
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 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 3, 2017 to Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Jim Cooper sits on the following committees:
Cooper was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 482 (112th): Water Heater Rating Improvement Act of 2011
- H.R. 928 (110th): Inspector General Reform Act of 2008
- H.J.Res. 297 (103rd): To designate 1994 as “The Year of Gospel Music”.
- H.R. 5667 (101st): To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 to establish a deadline for the transfer of jurisdiction of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation …
- H.R. 971 (101st): Telephone Operator Consumer Services Improvement Act of 1990
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).
Cooper sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Recently Introduced Bills
Cooper recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 1178: Expressing support for the designation of the week of June 27 through July …
- H.R. 5729: GIFTS Act
- H.R. 5271: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2245 …
- H.R. 5111: To amend section 6103 of title 5, United States Code, to establish Rosa …
- H.Res. 588: Honoring the bravery and legacy of the Clinton 12.
- H.R. 4634: RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021
- H.R. 3698: D-BLOC Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 1983 to Jul 2022, Cooper missed 479 of 18,824 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills