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The U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district (based in Nashville), serving since 2003.
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ENG: James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper (born July 19, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district (based in Nashville), serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Blue Dog Coalition. He previously represented Tennessee's 4th congressional district from 1983 to 1995. Early life, education, and law career Cooper was born in Nashville and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He is the son of former governor Prentice Cooper and his wife Hortense. Jim Cooper attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Chapter of the Chi Psi fraternity and a recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Upon graduation, he obtained a B.A. in history and economics. Cooper then went on to win the Rhodes ...
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Cooper asks local students to make Valentines for vet

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is inviting local students to put their creativity to the test by making valentines for veterans at the Nashville VA Medical Center. “Most people get valentines, but some vets don’t,” said Cooper. “I hope our students will brighten Valentine’s Day for the men and women who keep our country safe.” A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Cooper has organized a Valentines for Veterans project for the last six years, delivering scores of handmade valentines from area students to hospitalized Middle Tennessee veterans. Source: ...

A Candid Q&A with Rep. Jim Cooper on Redistricting,...

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper opened the doors to his downtown office to a handful of reporters yesterday in the first of a planned series of "pen and paper" sessions with local journalists. Although the turnout was low (only four scribblers showed up in bad weather), the topics at hand were wide-ranging, finding Cooper dishing on a variety of topics: Redistricting efforts already underway at the Nashville Capitol; prospects for a long-languishing new federal courthouse; lowered Congressional expectations for 2012; President Obama's re-election; and, of course, the Blue Dog's best-known bailiwick, the ...

DesJarlais Joins Cooper On No Budget, No Pay Act

Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-Tn.-04) has signed onto a bill by Representative Jim Cooper (D-Tn.-05) that would deny congressional pay if Congress fails to pass its budgeted appropriations bills on time. “The No Budget, No Pay Act” would prohibit members from receiving pay after missing deadlines for budget and appropriations bills, and it would not allow for that pay to be recouped retroactively. Corresponding legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Dean Heller (R-Ne.). “Any family or business owner in my district will tell you that the ...

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About as unannounced as a DUI checkpoint Republicans are “bracing themselves” (seriously?) for a campaign announcement by Kevin Kookogey, who says he will not attend any more “Beat Lamar” vetting sessions because he is an “unannounced candidate.” Karma ‘coma Trace…Read more ›
Cooper: Make Congress pass budget or forgo pay
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, in a press release posted by Tom Humphrey, says he has filed a bill that would require Congress to pass its annual spending measure by the deadline if members want to…Read more ›
Health Care Reform
DECEMBER 13, 1993 VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4 Much discussion has been heard about health care reform proposals. The administration’s plan, the “single payor” proposal, and the alternative plans of the Republican leadership, a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen, and Republican Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas have all been widely discussed. Long Term Care Most of […]
Strictly redistricting (say that five times really fast)
While several states have adopted new district maps, and more are in the approval process, Tennessee’s redistricting progress is slowed by partisanship and secrecy. Here are some thoughts about what we do know at this point. Congressional Districts Tennessee’s number…Read more ›

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