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My Day at Walter Johnson High School

Jordan Cooper at Walter Johnson High School, Nov. 11, 2013

Jordan Cooper at Walter Johnson High School, Nov. 11, 2013

I spent Veterans Day at Walter Johnson High School as a guest lecturer in the National, State and Local Government classes. I focused on helping students explore state politics in the Maryland General Assembly, as well as the process of campaigning for state office. During the day, I taught six classes.

I was humbled by this opportunity to teach students at my Alma Mater about our participatory democracy. I was first introduced to government in these same classrooms. My overarching goal was to make the pathway towards public service for our students clearer. I hope to open their eyes to the fact they too can run for public office and transform their visions of a better community into a new reality.

I entered Maryland state politics as a senior at Walter Johnson when I was a Student Page in the Maryland House of Delegates. After graduating from Vassar College, I went on to intern on Capitol Hill for Congressman Charlie Melancon [LA-D-3].

My experiences of government as a student were transformative, and without that early exposure I would not be running for Delegate today. I encouraged all the students I spoke with to get involved with government in Montgomery County, in Annapolis, and in Washington. We are one of the few places in America where students can participate in politics at every level without any obstacles. My message to our students is this: seize the opportunity.

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Jordan Cooper

About Jordan Cooper

Jordan P. Cooper is a Democratic candidate for Delegate of District 16 in the Maryland General Assembly. Jordan was born and raised in North Bethesda, attended K-12 in MCPS, and began his lifelong commitment to public service in the same community which he now seeks to represent in the state legislature. Jordan has extensive legislative experience in Annapolis, where he first worked a decade ago. Jordan is a health care professional with experience working on health policy in academic, legislative, clinical, non-profit advocacy, and private sector settings. This work includes the submission of public comments which were subsequently included in final federal regulations pertaining to Health Care Reform.

Jordan has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and a MSPH in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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