John P. Cooper

Managing Partner

John founded Capital Link in 1987 after serving as Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Senate. He is the chief legislative and administrative agency strategist for Capital Link, as well as its managing partner.

John's reputation as one of Kentucky's leading legislative agents reflects his comprehensive knowledge of the lawmaking process, administrative agencies, and procurement procedures. His close working relationship with members of the General Assembly often has roots in his decades of work on political and public issue campaigns at the state, local and federal levels. That experience, along with his keen grasp of historical context and political trends, is a vital resource for Capital Link clients.

John's exceptional track record of success in Kentucky is well-established and documented through the successes of his clients, which include trade associations and corporate clients whose interests are closely aligned with the economic health of the Commonwealth. His work for clients extends to Kentucky's delegates in Washington on behalf of Kentucky bankers, physicians, companies and local communities. He is particularly proud of work relating to the siting of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant in Georgetown.

John's civic engagement across the state includes service as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Regents of Eastern Kentucky University, from which he holds multiple undergraduate degrees. For his work on behalf of his hometown of Georgetown for over 30 years, John was cited in the book The Best of Scott County as one of the most influential people in shaping Scott County's history. John is the proud father of Katie (29), Jessica (25), and Matt (20).