Jim Cooper has served the Elk Grove community for over 29 years as a decorated law enforcement officer, leader, Mayor, City Councilmember, and volunteer. The last fourteen of those past years, Cooper served as the city’s first Mayor, for a total of two terms as Mayor and four terms as a City Council member.
Before becoming an elected official, Cooper was Commander of Sacramento Valley High-Tech Crime Task Force. There he earned the Bronze Star for Bravery in 1991, and was recognized for his heroic undercover work in the Gang Suppression and Major Narcotics Division. Cooper was also a crucial part of setting up the city’s first narcotics unit.
Outside law enforcement and the political office, Cooper has had a lifelong passion for community service and the youth in his city. He has used his experience and knowledge to create a youth drug prevention teaching curriculum. The curriculum teaches students about the dangers of narcotics and educates parents about the warning signs of drug use. In that same fashion, Cooper has also taught Criminal Justice at local community colleges and universities in Elk Grove.
Cooper’s dedication to community service and the coming generations is also found in his service to the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, WIND Youth Services, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.
The Independent Voter PAC is proud to support Jim Cooper as the next Assemblyman representing District 9.