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Democrat Jim Cooper says his experience in building Elk Grove will help 9th District

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Jim Cooper at a glance

Party: Democrat.

Occupation: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Captain, vice mayor of Elk Grove.

Residence: Elk Grove.

Education: Graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy, master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s College.

Family: Married to wife, Kristen, with four children.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper at a glance

Background: He was born in France, the son of an U.S. Air Force man who ended his career at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento. Cooper grew up in Rancho Cordova and moved to Elk Grove once he started his career.

Family: He is married to Kristen and has four daughters, ages 14 to 23.

Age: 50.

Career: Has worked for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years; is currently a commander.

Education: Master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s College; attended the FBI National Academy.

Community activities and board memberships: Elk Grove City Council member for 14 years; served on board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, the Boys and Girls Club, and WINN (a homeless teen outreach organization in Sacramento). Named past Man of the Year by both Big Brothers Big Sisters and Elk Grove citizens. Built the Elk Grove softball league, where he is a coach, from 400 participants to 700.

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:28 pm

State Assembly District 9 candidate Jim Cooper is no stranger to public service, as his mother works for the state and his father served in the U.S. Air Force. Cooper prides himself in being a public servant for the past 30 years, he said.

Cooper, who lives in Elk Grove with his wife and four children, is a captain with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and has served on the Elk Grove City Council since incorporation in 2000. He was the city’s first mayor and has been the only three-term mayor. He is currently the city’s vice mayor.

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