In 2008, John saw the constantly increasing gas prices and knew how that would affect his business and all of the country. He realized that this would be a disastrous blow to our economy, and with the help of a friend, took out a full page add in the local Newspaper protesting the unreasonably high fuel prices and began a petition drive to have the Administration and Congress act to make the U.S. more energy independent.
On June 1, 2008, Cooper headed up his first rally on the downtown square protesting the high fuel prices. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he would not be successful with out real change in Washington, D.C., and that if you wanted to get anything done, you would have to send people there who would really help the People. As the economy continued declining with small businesses collapsing, multiple losses of jobs, and the decline in lending, the burden was there, continually, that someone had to get up and go to Washington and begin reversing the extravagant spending by our government. And finally, John felt led that he had to be that person. That’s the reason that his campaign committee and he have announced his candidacy for the United States House Of Representatives, the 4th District of Texas.
John supports the TEA Parties and he will continue protesting the extravagant government giveaways, the reckless and speculative illusions of spending our way to prosperity, and the excessive tax burdens that our government will impose on our children and grandchildren. The continued surge in food prices and fuel prices, the collapse of a multitude of small businesses, foreclosures, and the erosion of the American Dream have made John realize that real representation of the people is required. John Cooper will be a true representative of all the people in the 4th District of Texas which includes all of some and parts of others of the following Counties: Hopkins, Delta, Rains, Lamar, Hunt, Rockwall, Collin, Grayson, Fannin, Red River, Bowie, Cass, Camp, Titus, Franklin, and Morris Counties.
Cooper is establishing this website, JOHNCOOPERUSCONGRESS.com, which is available to communicate with and stay in contact with the people. John is going to Washington with faith in our system in one hand and your vote in his other hand to represent the People.
John was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on June 11, 1939, but actually lived in a small community called Grant, Okla. just a stone’s throw across the Red River from Paris, Texas.
By age 26 John was experiencing a call from God to enter the Ministry, which led him to Dallas Bible College where he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Art and a Bachelor of Theology degrees. God continued to lead John to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1976 with a Master of Divinity, and in 1978 John graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a Doctorate of Ministry Degree preparing him for a long tenure in working with people. Dr. Cooper has served as pastor to Churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Later God brought him back to Sulphur Springs.
John has had another vocation through the years as well. He has worked in the engineering and surveying fields in the private sector, in the municipal sector, and in TXDOT. And currently a small businessman as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Texas and the President of Cooper Land Surveying Inc.
John is highly involved in the community. He is a past Lieutenant Governor of the Texas Oklahoma District, Division 32 of Kiwanis. He is a Past President, and currently chairman of the project committee for the Sulphur Springs Golden “K” Kiwanis Club. He is also a Lifetime member of both the Texas Oklahoma District of Kiwanis and Kiwanis International. He also serves as Chairman of the Construction Board of Adjustments for the City of Sulphur Springs.
He and his wife Billie have been married for 33 years and together they have 5 children, 11 grand children, and 15 great grandchildren.