In November 2004, Copeland was elected to the United States Senate, and has served ever since. Copeland announced that he will retire from his senate office and instead make a run for President of the United States for the Democratic party. He is the first Democratic African American Senator from Georgia in the states history, Copeland, a fiscal conservative but cultural liberal, was endorsed by Green Party groups. He served as the DeKalb County Judge in 2000 until 2005 and as Georgia Solicitor General in the 1990s. Copeland is one of several African Americans currently serving in the United States Senate, but he is the first African American senator from the state of Georgia, and the first elected from the South since 1881, four years after the end of Reconstruction. He will not be running for re-election in 2016 due to term limits.