Meet Scott Cooper
Scott Cooper grew up in a working-class home in Wyoming. His father was an appliance salesman, and his mom was a piano teacher. They taught him to value family, to work hard, and to serve your community. Embracing these values, Scott Cooper went on to serve our country for 20 years in the Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1997, the Marine Corps sent him to North Carolina where he put down roots, raised his two daughters, and deployed eight times, including five tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. After each deployment he came home to North Carolina.
While the highest honor of Scott Cooper’s life was leading Marines, he knew his service couldn’t stop there. He went on to found Veterans for American Ideals—an organization that helps veterans to continue serving in their communities. The organization is committed to amplifying veterans’ voices to bridge divides and be a civilizing, unifying force in our fractious political landscape.
Why I'm Running
I look back on my 20 years in the Marine Corps with enormous pride, and I am continually reminded of the valuable lessons I learned along the way. No one asked where you were from, who your parents were, or how much money they made. No one cared about what religion you were, or with what political party you identified. We all bled green, and we all worked together toward a common mission.
The last couple of years, it feels like we are more divided than ever. Somehow, the idea has taken hold that those who don’t share your political beliefs are your enemy. I couldn’t disagree more.
In fact, we are more alike than different. We are a country of shared ideals, and we all have a responsibility to work together to make our country better.
I see the divisions, and I’m committed to working to bridge them. In the Marine Corps I saw the sense of community that ran deeper than race, class, and ideology. We need more of that in our neighborhoods, our communities, and especially our Congress.
I’m running because we need leaders who are courageous enough to tell the truth, who will truly serve the people they represent, and who will always display a respect for others.
I hope to earn your vote.