Jim Cooper, current State Assembly Assistant Majority Whip, is the Democratic incumbent candidate for California’s 9th Assembly District. The 9th Assembly District encompasses the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi. Cooper grew up in Sacramento and graduated from West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He went on to earn a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College before serving as Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years. Cooper turned his focus to politics 14 years ago, where he became an Elk Grove Council Member, then the city’s first mayor. He was elected in 2014 to California State Assembly, where he was named Assistant Majority Whip on his first day in office.