Senior Campaign Advisor John Kopp, who specializes in election data analysis for Tim, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1945 to a politically divided family; his mother’s side Republican and his father’s Democratic. John has been on Tim’s team since early on in the 2014 election cycle.
John first became politically active in the 1960s. While still in high school he worked for a father-son team of Democrats. Dad was running for county prosecutor and the son vying to take a multi-county State House of Representatives legislative seat.
A few years later John graduated as a Political Science major from Michigan State University in 1968. While at MSU, he was a member of his 6th Congressional District delegation, attending & voting at all State Democratic Party conventions. His mentors included Zolton Ferency, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party and the 1966 Michigan Democratic Party candidate for Governor, running against the widely popular George Romney. In 1968, with Ferency as his campaign manager, John ran for the State Legislature in Michigan’s 57th House of Representatives district. He lost, but, and this was the goal, the votes he garnered kept the ‘bad guy’ candidate from winning in a 3-way race.
After taking a 38 year time out for a career, and after moving from the San Francisco Bay area to SoCal in 2006, John resumed his involvement in Democratic politics full throttle. In 2008, John worked for Obama For America. In 2010, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Democratic Central Committee (RCDCC) and since then has run successfully for his RCDCC seat, ultimately being elected Vice-Chair for Assembly District 60 (AD-60).
In January 2013, and again in 2015, John chaired the California Democratic Party’s Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEM) for Assembly District 60. Since 2013, John has also been a member of the California Democratic Party’s (CDP) State Central Committee and is a member of the CDP’s Executive Board.
John and his wife Marilyn, married for just under 47 years, live in Eastvale in a multi-generational home with their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.