The below statement can be attributed to NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell:

"The cable community mourns the passing of Jim Mooney, our strong and dedicated leader during an era of extraordinary industry growth when cable helped define American culture. Jim's leadership in Washington aided in enabling development of the modern cable industry.  During his tenure, cable saw a dramatic rise in the number of households subscribing to multichannel video as well as the appearance of precursors to many of today's consumer-friendly and highly-interactive services and technologies. Forging effective advocacy and business growth, Jim demonstrated a passionate and lifelong commitment to the success of cable and extending its many benefits to consumers. We extend our deepest condolences to Jim's wife, Louise, his son, James, and the Mooney family."

Biography of James P. Mooney

James P. Mooney was Principal and Managing partner of JLM Partners, Inc., a Seattle-based boutique corporate communications firm serving clients in the cable, wireless, consumer electronics, and digital media sectors for more than 15 years.  Founded by Mooney and his wife, Louise, JLM Partners advises a wide range of clients in cable, wireless, and video services.

Mooney served from 1984 to 1993 as President & CEO of NCTA.  At NCTA, he served as the cable industry's chief spokesperson as well as its principal strategist in successful efforts to earn Congressional enactment of the deregulatory Cable Communications Act of 1984.  In 1986, Mooney was the recipient of the first Cable Pioneers Award for Leadership in the cable industry, and in January 1987 he was named cable industry Executive of the Year by Cable Television Business Magazine.

Mooney was a member of CableLabs' founding Board of Directors and represented the U.S. cable industry both nationally and internationally during a period of great expansion. 

Prior to joining NCTA, Mooney served four years as Chief of Staff to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. John Brademas (D-IN).  In that post, Mooney was responsible for organizing support among Members of the U.S. House for positions favored by the House majority leadership.

Mooney earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and a law degree from New York University. He is survived by his wife, Louise Rauscher Mooney, a former NCTA executive, and his son, James P. Mooney IV.