Anoop Jacob, is a Member of Kerala Legislative Assembly and Legislative Party leader of the Kerala Congress (Jacob), a constituent of the UDF political alliance. He is the son of T. M. Jacob who founded the party in 1993. Anoop represents Piravom Constituency in Kerala Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the Assembly following a by-election at Piravom in March 2012 which was necessitated due to the demise of his father, the incumbent of the constituency.He was re-elected in May 2016.
Anoop Jacob has a degree from national the Kerala Law Academy and is a practising lawyer at the Kerala High Court. Prior to that he completed his Bachelors in English Literature from Mar Ivanios College (University of Kerala), Thiruvananthapuram.
His first foray into politics was as a student at the Mar Ivanios College where he founded a unit of Kerala Students Congress (Jacob) in 1994. In 1997 he was elected as editor of the college union magazine, Prathibha, which won the Malayala Manorama award for the state's best college magazine under his aegis. In 1998, he unsuccessfully contested for the post of chairman of the Mar Ivanios college union
Anoop became state president of the Kerala Students Congress (Jacob) in 2001, during which period the party registered its best performance yet by winning seats including General Secretary & Councillor in colleges like Mar Ivanios. In 2008, he was elected as the State President of the Kerala Youth Front (Jacob), the youth wing of the Kerala Congress (Jacob) party.
Anoop's father, who was Civil Supplies Minister, died on October 30, 2011. Following this, Anoop was nominated by the Kerala Congress (Jacob) party and UDF to contest from the Piravom assembly seat previously represented by his father. His father had lost the sitting seat in 2006 elections and recaptured it in 2011 election by a margin of 157 votes.
Against Anoop Jacob, CPIM-led LDF once again fielded M.J Jacob, who had won against T.M Jacob in 2006 & lost in 2011. Since the result of Piravom by-election mattered heavily to the ruling UDF who had a slender margin of 1 seat in the Legislative assembly over LDF, the constituency witnessed intense campaigning from both sides. Election was held on March 17, 2012 and results were announced on March 21, 2012. Anoop Jacob won the by-election by a significant margin of 12071 votes. He was sworn in as an MLA on March 22, 2012. Anoop took oath as Food & Civil supplies Minister on April 12, 2012 and occupies office in the North Block of the Kerala Secretariat; both portfolio & office last held by his departed father.
Anoop Jacob married his long-time girlfriend Anila on 23 May 2002. They have a son and a daughter. Apart from politics, he is passionate about reading and poetry.