Ken Cooley

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Ken Cooley
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Member of the California State Assembly
from the 8th district
Assumed office
December 3, 2012
Preceded by new district
City Councilmember of Rancho Cordova, California
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-03-18) March 18, 1955 (age 61)[1]
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Rancho Cordova, California
Occupation Attorney

Ken William Cooley (born March 18, 1955) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 8th district, encompassing most of eastern Sacramento County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a Rancho Cordova city councilman and mayor. In 2011, Cooley ran for the state Senate after incumbent Dave Cox died, but lost to state Assemblyman Ted Gaines by a wide margin.[2]

Born in Berkeley and raised in San Lorenzo, Hayward, and San Jose, Cooley graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977 and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1984.[3] From 1977 to 1985, Cooley was chief of staff to Assemblymember Louis J. Papan. From 1985 to 1988, Cooley was legislative counsel at the California Land Title Association. In 1988, Cooley returned to the California State Assembly to be chief counsel to the Finance and Insurance Committee. Cooley was legal counsel to State Farm Insurance from 1991 to 2008.[4]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 8th State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ken Cooley (incumbent) 35,294 51.8
Republican Douglas Haaland 28,049 41.1
Libertarian Janice Marlae Bonser 4,830 7.1
Total votes 68,173 100.0
General election
Democratic Ken Cooley (incumbent) 62,892 56.7
Republican Douglas Haaland 48,057 43.3
Total votes 110,949 100.0
Democratic hold

2016 California State Assembly candidacy[edit]

California's 8th State Assembly district election, 2016
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ken Cooley (incumbent) 61,704 58.3
Republican Nick Bloise 36,630 34.6
Libertarian Janice Marlae Bonser 7,588 7.2
Total votes 105,922 100.0
General election
Republican Nick Bloise
Democratic Ken Cooley (incumbent)
Total votes ' '


  1. ^ California Birth Index
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Full Biography for Ken Cooley". Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rancho Cordova Mayor Ken Cooley Biography". SmartVoter. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 

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