Kelly Cooper is a dedicated husband and father, a restaurant owner, a community leader, and a United States Marine Corps Veteran running for Congress in Congressional District 4.
Raised by a single mom, Kelly and his sister moved frequently as children. His mother worked tirelessly to move into a great school district so Kelly and his sister could receive a quality education. His mom’s sacrifice and dedication to her kids shaped Kelly into the man he is today.
After graduating from high school, Kelly joined the United States Marine Corps in 1993. While on alpha increment air alert, his unit deployed to Cuba in 1995. His unit was also deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and South Korea. In 1996, he served on the LST USS La Moure County (LST-1194) during UNITAS 96. This was a South American tour and relations mission. Seeing every Country in South and Central America broadened Kelly’s knowledge base and interpersonal skills.
After his honorable discharge from the Marines Kelly began his transition back into civilian life as a bartender. Developing his career skills, he moved up to managing several restaurants in the Midwest and East Coast. Kelly relocated to Chandler in 2003. He continued to grow in the restaurant business and today is an owner of two Melting Pot Franchises and his own concept, BKD’s Backyard Joint in Chandler.
Kelly is a dedicated community leader, and is the founder and chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Veterans Committee. His partnership with community groups and fundraising through his businesses has helped Kelly to identify the needs of our community and then relaying that information to both the state legislators as well as the federal Senators and Congress people for action.
“The path of my life shaped me into someone who will bring people together and represent the needs of our entire community. I am running for Congress to help the people of Arizona seize opportunity. Self-determination, desire, and drive have been the keys to my success. Working together, I know we can expand opportunity for all Arizonans.” – Kelly Cooper
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