J. Robert Hooper

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James Robert Hooper
State Senate District 35
In office
January 11, 1999 – December 31, 2007
Preceded by Donald C. Fry
Succeeded by Barry Glassman
Personal details
Born (1936-07-27)July 27, 1936
Baltimore, Maryland
Died January 24, 2008(2008-01-24) (aged 71)
Street, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shirley Hooper

James Robert Hooper (July 27, 1936 – January 24, 2008) was a former member of the Maryland Senate.

Education[edit]

Hooper attended Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Maryland.

Career[edit]

Hooper owned and operated of Harford Sanitation Services, which he founded with his father in 1954.[citation needed] He was a member of the Harford County, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Route 40 Business Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Harford County from 1986 until his death.

Political career[edit]

Hooper served as a member of the Harford County Council from 1982 until 1990.

Hooper was elected to the Maryland state senate in 1998. He was sworn in on January 13, 1999 to represent District 35 in Harford County. The hallmark of his work was constituent service.

Hooper announced on November 14, 2007 that he was resigning his Senate seat due to poor health. The resignation took effect on December 31, 2007.[1] He recommended and was replaced by State Delegate Barry Glassman.

Hooper was lovingly known among the Senate's Pages as Senator "High Five" Hooper because he would walk into session every day and run down the line of pages and give them high-fives. He was even known to do this among his fellow senators. Hooper's unique way of saying hello at the beginning of a session put a smile on everyone's faces.

Hooper succumbed to colon cancer on January 24, 2008 at his home in Street, Maryland. He was 71 years old.[2]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – 35th District[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
J. Robert Hooper, Rep. 35,760   68.0%    Won
Stan Kollar, Dem. 16,803   31.9%    Lost
Write In's, Other 31   0.3%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland State Senate – 35th District[4]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
J. Robert Hooper, Rep. 42,766   98.13%    Won
Write In's, Other 817   1.87%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland State Senate – 35th District[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
J. Robert Hooper, Rep. 22,741   55%    Won
Donald C. Fry, Dem. 18,370   45%    Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senator To Resign, Citing Illness, WBAL-TV, November 14, 2007
  2. ^ Former State Sen. Hooper Dies Of Cancer, WBAL-TV, January 25, 2008
  3. ^ "2006 State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. 
  4. ^ "2002 State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. 
  5. ^ "1998 State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. 

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