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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 4th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1994.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Cooper.
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 6, 2015 to Sep 25, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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:
Some of Cooper’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 91: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States protecting the right ...
- H.R. 6668: Inspectors General Independence Act of 2020
- H.R. 129: No Budget, No Pay Act
- H.R. 130: John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act
- H.R. 131: Redistricting Transparency Act of 2019
- H.R. 5703 (115th): To provide for the conveyance by the Secretary of the Army of ...
- H.R. 5419 (115th): To allow the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to convey ...
From Jan 1983 to Sep 2020, Cooper missed 473 of 17,911 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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