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Jim Cooper


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-2014 Democratic AD-09 50188 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic AD-09 109979 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic AD-09 92951 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic AD-09 142088 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: January 5, 1964 in Verdun, France
Married: Kristen
Children: Four daughters

1980s: Police Officer, City of Stockton
1984-2014: Deputy Sheriff, Sacramento Sheriff's Department
2001-2003: Commander, Sacramento County Jail
2001-2014: Member, Elk Grove City Council
2001: Mayor, City of Elk Grove
2010: Candidate for Sacramento County Sheriff (Lost; 49.34%)
2023-Present: Sheriff, Sacramento County

  • CLOSE CONTEST: Cooper lost the 2010 election by 3,660 votes, or 0.72%.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of AB 2497 (2018) which would impose a "tax upon retailers for the privilege of selling firearms and ammunition" as well as "a comparable excise tax on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of firearms and ammunition..." The funds collected from the sale of firearms would be used to provide grants to schools to fund the placement of police officers on high school campuses while the funds collected from the sale of ammunition would be used to fund the placement of counselors on middle school and junior high school campuses.(Died in Assembly Public Safety)
  • Legal Troubles: In March 2022, Cooper had a firearm temporarily confiscated after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents discovered a loaded pistol in Cooper's carry-on bag as he passed through the TSA checkpoint at Sacramento International Airport. ("California lawmaker stopped at airport security after loaded gun found in bag" by Jeremy B. White, Politico, 3/7/2022)