Name: Justin Cooper

Title: Research Associate, Cannon Research Group

Location: Annapolis, MD

Bio: I was born in Baltimore, MD and grew up about 30 minutes outside of Baltimore in Frederick, MD. I have had a passion for government and politics since I was a kid. My first real political experience came when I was 15, serving as a volunteer on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Since then I have worked on several state and local campaigns, ranging from the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race to Maryland state delegate campaigns.

Throughout high school and college at James Madison University, I immersed myself as much as I possibly could in the political arena. I joined College Republicans and Student Government where I would routinely lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of the James Madison student body. After graduation, I landed my job as a Research Associate at Cannon Research Group in October 2019, allowing me to broaden my political experiences and perspectives even more.

What you do at Axiom/how you serve our clients: In my role as a Research Associate for Cannon Research Group, I provide our clients with a better understanding of themselves and their opponents by conducting opposition, vulnerability, and corporate research. This research includes reviewing news stories, legislative history, background checks, and retrieving documents under federal and state Freedom of Information Act requests. The team here at Cannon is exceptional at keeping our clients aware of any risk that is presented, regarding either themselves or their opponents, through our varied set of research techniques.

How you got your start with Axiom: A fraternity brother of mine happened to be a mutual friend of Tom Jones, president of Cannon Research Group. With the help of our mutual friend, Tom and I began corresponding about setting up an interview, and the rest is history.

Fun fact about you: My interest in politics began when I was around 4 years old, because of a table place mat. The place mat listed every U.S. president in order, and included a map of the United States and the state capitals. By the time I was 5, I had memorized every state capital along with every president in chronological order. Who knew that nearly 20 years later my interest in politics would never diminish.