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Statement about running for governor: The TCF Bank CEO has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but the former head of the state Republican Party has joined Rep. Marty Seifert’s gubernatorial campaign as finance chairman.

Bill Cooper

Statement about running for governor: The TCF Bank CEO has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but the former head of the state Republican Party has joined Rep. Marty Seifert’s gubernatorial campaign as finance chairman. – Star Tribune, June 23, 2009

 Party: Republican

Current government position: None

Occupation: CEO of TCF Bank

Birth date: 1943

Home: Wayzata; Columbus, Ohio

Education: B.A., Wayne State Unversity

 

Key issues and priorities: Cooper has criticized proposed legislation of the financial industry. And in a recent interview with Twin Cities Business magazine, Cooper said TCF Bank returned money given through TARP legislation because of the stigma attached to financial institutions that received the money.

Political experience: Chaired Minnesota’s Republican Party from 1997 to 1999

Background articles:

In-depth interview with Cooper

“TCF announces the second coming of its highly quotable CEO”

“The life of Bill Cooper”

“‘Anti-banker’s banker’ takes on bailout nation”

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