Read our 2018 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 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
Jim Cooper sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Armed Services
- Chair, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Member, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Member, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
- House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Oversight and Reform
- Member, Subcommittee on National Security
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.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: To provide for the conveyance by the Secretary of the Army of certain ...
- H.R. 5419: To allow the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to convey certain ...
- H.Res. 800: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require the House to ...
- H.R. 5369: Earmark Elimination Act of 2018
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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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