BioJim and his wife Martha and three children live in Nashville. He’s a businessman, attorney and part-time Vanderbilt business professor who travels to Washington most Tuesdays through Thursdays to represent the Nashville area in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Blue Dog Democrat, Cooper’s independent record has earned him a reputation as an honest broker between political parties.
U.S. Congressman for Tennessee's 5th District, 2003-current
Armed Services Committee (Air and Land Forces, Oversight and Investigations, and Terrorism and Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittees; Chairman of 2008 Roles and Missions panel) - the only Tennessee Representative on the Committee, oversees a $400 billion military budget
Oversight and Government Reform Committee - oversees every federal agency with investigatory powers
Adjunct Professor, Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, 1995-present
Teaches health care policy to MBA and Executive MBA students
Small Business Owner, 1995-2002