Appointment of B. Jay
Cooper as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary
August 19, 1987
President today announced the appointment of B. Jay Cooper to be Special
Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary, effective September
Cooper has been Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary at the
Department of Commerce since September 1983. He first came to the Commerce
Department as the Secretary's speechwriter in March 1981. Previously Mr. Cooper
was an editor for the Waterbury (Connecticut) Republican-American
newspapers. He had served as a reporter for those papers for about 10 years and
also wrote a weekly political column. During a leave of absence from the
newspapers in 1980, he served as communications director for the Connecticut
Reagan-Bush campaign. While at the Waterbury newspapers, he won
several awards, including the UPI New England Community Service Award.
He majored in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, earning a bachelor's degree in 1973. Mr. Cooper was
born in Waterbury, CT, on June 9, 1950. He lives in Arlington, VA, and has three daughters.