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Between January 26 and May 20, 2018, Cosper received $191,400 in contributions from two [[political action committee]]s associated with the retiring Moderate Republican House Speaker [[Joe Straus]] of [[San Antonio]]: the Texas House Leadership Fund and Associated Republicans of Texas. Buckley reported $54,115 in contributions between Feb. 25 and May 20, 2018, the largest having been payment in three installments of $25,000 from the National Cutting Horse Association Texas Events PAC. Cosper spent $77.49 for each vote received; Buckley, $12.17.<ref name=kdh>{{cite web|url=http://kdhnews.com/news/district-runoff-election-postmortem-what-contributed-to-buckley-upset-of/article_3286264c-6161-11e8-b6ed-b35fe933f1b3.html|title=District 54 runoff election postmortem: What contributed to Buckley upset of Cosper?|author=Kyle Blankenship|publisher=''Killeen Daily Herald''|date=May 26, 2018|accessdate=May 28, 2018}}</ref>  
 
Between January 26 and May 20, 2018, Cosper received $191,400 in contributions from two [[political action committee]]s associated with the retiring Moderate Republican House Speaker [[Joe Straus]] of [[San Antonio]]: the Texas House Leadership Fund and Associated Republicans of Texas. Buckley reported $54,115 in contributions between Feb. 25 and May 20, 2018, the largest having been payment in three installments of $25,000 from the National Cutting Horse Association Texas Events PAC. Cosper spent $77.49 for each vote received; Buckley, $12.17.<ref name=kdh>{{cite web|url=http://kdhnews.com/news/district-runoff-election-postmortem-what-contributed-to-buckley-upset-of/article_3286264c-6161-11e8-b6ed-b35fe933f1b3.html|title=District 54 runoff election postmortem: What contributed to Buckley upset of Cosper?|author=Kyle Blankenship|publisher=''Killeen Daily Herald''|date=May 26, 2018|accessdate=May 28, 2018}}</ref>  
  
Cosper immediately endorsed Buckley: Scott was very magnanimous to get behind me and support me.”<ref name=kdh/> With Cosper eliminated, Buckley now faces in the November 6 general election the "[[progressive]]" Democrat Kathy Richerson, a retired [[real estate]] agent who raises [[goat]]s in rural Bell County. Coincidentally, Buckley is her veterinarian.<ref name=kdh/>
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Cosper immediately endorsed Buckley, who said that Scott was "very magnanimous to get behind me and support me.”<ref name=kdh/> With Cosper eliminated, Buckley now faces in the November 6 general election the "[[progressive]]" Democrat Kathy Richerson, a retired [[real estate]] agent who raises [[goat]]s in rural Bell County. Coincidentally, Buckley is her veterinarian.<ref name=kdh/>
  
 
Cosper owns Cosper Custom Homes and Construction Company and is the president of a [[real estate]] development business; the legislative seat is part-time. His wife, Christina R. "Christy" Cosper, is an [[educator]]. They couple has two daughters.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://scottcosper.com|title=Scott Cosper|publisher=scottcosper.com|accessdate=January 19, 2017}}</ref>
 
Cosper owns Cosper Custom Homes and Construction Company and is the president of a [[real estate]] development business; the legislative seat is part-time. His wife, Christina R. "Christy" Cosper, is an [[educator]]. They couple has two daughters.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://scottcosper.com|title=Scott Cosper|publisher=scottcosper.com|accessdate=January 19, 2017}}</ref>

Revision as of 22:02, 11 June 2018

Rodney Scott Cosper


Texas State Representative for
District 54
(Bell and Lampasas counties)
In office
January 10, 2017 – January 2019 (pending)
Preceded by Jimmie Don Aycock

Born November 8, 1968
Place of birth missing

Resident and former mayor of Killeen, Texas

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christina R. "Christy" Cosper (married 2004)
Children Two daughters
Alma mater Central Texas College in Killeen
Occupation Real estate developer
Religion Southern Baptist
Website http://scottcosper.com

Rodney Scott Cosper, known as Scott Cosper (born November 8, 1968),[1] is a lame duck Republican state representative for District 54 in Bell and Lampasas counties in central Texas. In 2017, he succeeded fellow Republican Jimmie Don Aycock, a veterinarian who did not seek re-election.

Cosper is the former mayor of Killeen in Bell County, a position which he held from 2014 to 2016. For the nine years prior to 2014, he was a member of the Killeen City Council.[2][3] In Killeen, Cosper was recalled from the city council in 2011, when a dispute developed over the buyout of a contact for a former city manager. While Cosper was mayor, financial troubles led to an $8 million projected shortfall amid much public concern.<refname=kdh/>

To win the state House position in 2016, Cosper defeated fellow Republican Austin Ruiz, 50.44 to 49.56 percent in a runoff contest. He then defeated in the general election the Democratic nominee, Sandra Jean Blankenship (born 1964) of Killeen, 28,894 (54.8 percent) to 23,794 (45.2 percent).[4]

In his bid for a second term in 2018, Cosper was forced into a runoff election on May 22 with fellow Republican Bradley Leo "Brad" Buckley (born September 14, 1966), a veterinarian who formerly served on the board of the Killeen School District. Buckley did not make an issue of Cosper’s tenure as an embattled city official. the challenger attributed his victory to his personal style, door-to-door campaigning, and the strength of his platform. Buckley was considered no more conservative than Cosper, with both in the Moderate Republican camp.[5]

Cosper had led the three-candidate GOP field with 4,472 (44.6 percent) to Buckley's 4,173 (41.6 percent). The remaining 1,390 votes (13.9 percent) went to Larry R. Smith, whose supporters were critical in the second round of balloting. Smith had also finished third in the 2016 primary.[6] Cosper was then unseated in the runoff, 3,185 votes (41.7 percent) to Buckley's 4,445 (58.3 percent).[7]

Between January 26 and May 20, 2018, Cosper received $191,400 in contributions from two political action committees associated with the retiring Moderate Republican House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio: the Texas House Leadership Fund and Associated Republicans of Texas. Buckley reported $54,115 in contributions between Feb. 25 and May 20, 2018, the largest having been payment in three installments of $25,000 from the National Cutting Horse Association Texas Events PAC. Cosper spent $77.49 for each vote received; Buckley, $12.17.[5]

Cosper immediately endorsed Buckley, who said that Scott was "very magnanimous to get behind me and support me.”[5] With Cosper eliminated, Buckley now faces in the November 6 general election the "progressive" Democrat Kathy Richerson, a retired real estate agent who raises goats in rural Bell County. Coincidentally, Buckley is her veterinarian.[5]

Cosper owns Cosper Custom Homes and Construction Company and is the president of a real estate development business; the legislative seat is part-time. His wife, Christina R. "Christy" Cosper, is an educator. They couple has two daughters.[8]

References

  1. Rodney Cosper. Mylife.com. Retrieved on March 18, 2018.
  2. Josh Sullivan (January 10, 2017). Former Killeen mayor starts new life as state legislator. Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved on January 16, 2017.
  3. Jeff Lowe (October 13, 2015). Killeen mayor joins race for Texas House. Lampasas Dispatch Record. Retrieved on 16 January 2017.
  4. Election Results. Texas Secretary of State (November 8, 2016). Retrieved on January 18, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Kyle Blankenship (May 26, 2018). District 54 runoff election postmortem: What contributed to Buckley upset of Cosper?. Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved on May 28, 2018.
  6. Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 18, 2018.
  7. Republican Primary Runoff Election Returns for State House District 54. Texas Secretary of State (May 22, 2018). Retrieved on May 23, 2018.
  8. Scott Cosper. scottcosper.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2017.