Captain Jim Cooper – a Unique History of Service
Jim Cooper has served his community for over 30 years – as a highly decorated law enforcement officer, a Mayor, City Councilmember, a volunteer working with at-risk youth and now as State Assemblymember.
In November 2014, Jim Cooper was elected to the California State Assembly to represent Assembly District 9, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Gove, Galt, and Lodi. On his first day in office, Cooper was named to Speaker Toni Atkins’ leadership team as Assistant Majority Whip.
Cooper serves on the Assembly Agriculture Committee, Budget Committee, Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, and Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. Cooper also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities.
Assemblymember Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government.
Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years. As a former Commander of the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, he focused on apprehension of child predators and identity thieves and oversaw dramatic increases in prosecution and arrests of child predators.
He has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent three years working as the Department’s spokesperson. Cooper is a lifetime member of the California Narcotics Officers Association and his law enforcement career includes nine years of working undercover to fight gang violence and drug trafficking.
Combining his passion for young people with public safety, Cooper created a youth drug prevention curriculum, teaching students about the dangers of narcotics and helping parents notice the warning signs of drug use and gang involvement. He also taught Criminal Justice at local community colleges and universities.
Cooper has spent the last 14 years serving the people of Elk Grove. He was the city’s first mayor and worked to establish solid governing values, balance the city’s budget, keep neighborhoods safe and make the city one of the greenest in the region. He used his law enforcement background to help create Elk Grove’s first gang and narcotics unit, as well as a local 911 Communications Center.
Community service is a significant part of Assemblymember Cooper’s life. He has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, WIND Youth Services, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.
Cooper grew up in Sacramento and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.