Democrat Jim Cooper announces retirement after his Nashville district is redrawn
He once represented part of our area in Congress
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) Veteran Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper has announced he will not seek re-election next year.
His current Congressional district in Nashville is being split into three new ones in the controversial redistricting plan approved by Republican lawmakers in Tennessee.
Republicans argue the plan better reflects the growing Republican areas around Nashville, but Democrats say they are just trying to eliminate a current Democratic district and vow to challenge it in court.
Redistricting happens every ten years based on the new Census numbers.
Representative Cooper got his start representing the 4th District which includes parts of the Sequatchie Valley.
But after the last redistricting in 2010, he ran for his current Nashville district.
He blames his retirement solely on the redistricting issue.
“No one tried harder to keep our city whole. I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville.”
Cooper was one of only two democratic Congressman in Tennessee.