Representative Jim Cooper's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: Jim Cooper
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
Primary Aug. 7, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Martha; 3 Children: Mary, Jamie, Hayes
Birth Date: 06/19/1954
Birth Place: Nashville, TN
Home City: Nashville, TN
Religion: Episcopalian
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2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 24% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 24% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 30% 2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 30% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 36% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 36% 2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 36% 2013 Competitive Enterprise Institute - Workplace Choice (August, 2013) 0% 2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2013 FreedomWorks - Positions 29% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 38% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 41% 2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 40% 2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 40% 2013 National Right to Life Committee - Positions (Jan. 14, 2014) 0% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions (lifetime) 26% 2013 The Club for Growth - Positions 24% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 35 2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 24% 2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 24% 2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 9% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 25% 2012 Family Research Council - Positions 33% 2012 FreedomWorks - Positions 30% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Economic) 39% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Foreign) 39% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Social) 39% 2012 National Journal - House Conservative (Composite Score) 39% 2012 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 32% 2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 34% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 15% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 15% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 22% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 18% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 18% 2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 22% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 21% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 21% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 20% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 20% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 27% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 61% 2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 10% 2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 16% 2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 24% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 10% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 18% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2011 FreedomWorks - Positions 21% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 19% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 19% 2011 Heritage Action for America - Positions (House Only) 19% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 40% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 41% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 56% 2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 42% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 44% 2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2011 National Taxpayers Union - Positions on Tax and Spending 34% 2011 The Club for Growth - Positions 32% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 10% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 10% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 10% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 10% 2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 10% 2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 25% 2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 35% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 22% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 22% 2010 FreedomWorks - Positions 37% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 43% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 57% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 46% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 51% 2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 52% 2010 The Club for Growth - Positions 24% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 40% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 40% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 5% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 35% 2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 35% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 8% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 8% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 20% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 22% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 22% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 6% 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 16% 2009-2010 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 21% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 11% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 18% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 13% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 18% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 11% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 13% 2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 16% 2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 23% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 9% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 9% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 13% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 13% 2009 FreedomWorks - Positions 15% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 23% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 23% 2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 42% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 46% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 35% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25% 2009 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 15% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 30% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 26% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 30% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 26% 2009 The Club for Growth - Positions 14% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 10% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 10% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 20% 2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 20% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30% 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 30% 2008 FreedomWorks - Positions 16% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 46% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 49% 2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 46.8% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42% 2008 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D 2008 The Club for Growth - Positions 38% 2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 13% 2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 10% 2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 10% 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 11 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 11 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 10% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 27% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 27% 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 17% 2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2007-2008 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 11% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 16% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 30% 2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 30% 2007 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 20% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 17% 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 17% 2007 Family Research Council - Positions 12 2007 FreedomWorks - Positions 21% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0% 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 0% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 47% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 51% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 37% 2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 45.3% 2007 National Taxpayers Union - Fiscally Conservative Score D 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 31% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 53% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 53% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 31% 2007 The Club for Growth - Positions 98% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 10% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 10% 2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 0 2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 40% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 100% 2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 100% 2006 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 23% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 28% 2006 FreedomWorks - Positions 50% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 38% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 31% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39% 2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 36.3% 2006 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 36% 2006 The Club for Growth - Positions 19% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20% 2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 14% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 13% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 33% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 33% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 46% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 46% 2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20% 2005-2006 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 25% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 6% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 6% 2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 24% 2005 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 25% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 29% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 29% 2005 Family Research Council - Positions 8% 2005 FreedomWorks - Positions 29% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 38% 2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 40% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 42% 2005 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 33% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 55% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 53% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 50% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 55% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 53% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 50% 2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2005 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 13% 2004 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 25% 2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 30% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 25% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 21% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 21% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 33% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 39% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 40% 2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 29% 2004 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 15% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 30% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 30% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 29% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 10% 2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring) 29% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 20% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 20% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 36% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 36% 2003-2004 FreedomWorks - Positions 18% 2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 18% 2003-2004 National Tax Limitation Committee - Positions 9% 2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Barrier Votes Score 91% 2003-2004 The Cato Institute - Trade Subsidy Votes Score 0% 2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 36% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 67% 2003 Americans for Tax Reform - Positions 20% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 18% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 25% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 38% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 38% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 15% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 15% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 15% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 36% 2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 38% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 42% 2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 35% 2003 National Taxpayers Union - Positions 28% 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50 2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 38% 2003 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer) 38% 2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 36% 1994 American Conservative Union - Positions 67% 1993 American Conservative Union - Positions 38%

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