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Thomas J. Cooper, Commissioner

Thomas Cooper, MD, FCAP is a physician specializing in Pathology. He served as a Navy Hospital
Corpsman / Lab tech during the Viet Nam war. Subsequently he graduated cum laude from UC Santa Cruz, attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara where he obtained his MD, and completed a pathology residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Cooper is Board Certified in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He has served as the CLIA Lab Director for several hospitals, clinical laboratories and biotech companies, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at BioOptions. He has also served on numerous councils, committees and boards for local, state and national medical societies. He has lived in Long Beach for 40 years, where he and his wife raised their two children.

Responsible citizenship in a self governing constitutional republic conveys both privileges and responsibilities. Among those is active participation by the citizenry in the functioning of that government. Confidence that those whom we elect to represent us have been chosen fairly is essential, and maintaining the structures to accomplish this, through carefully constructed electoral districts, is key to that trust.