Immediately quelling some very early retirement rumors, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) announced yesterday that he is definitely running for re-election in 2020. Mr. Cooper was elected to the 5th District in 2002, when then-incumbent Bob Clement (D-Nashville) ran unsuccessfully for Senate.
Jim Cooper was originally elected to Congress in 1982, when he won the 4th District seat after then-Rep. Al Gore (D) was re-districted into the new 6th CD. After serving six terms, Mr. Cooper ran for US Senate in 1994 but lost to the late Fred Thompson (R). Rep. Cooper has had little trouble winning re-election from the 5th District, one of only two solidly Democratic seats in Tennessee. He will again be a heavy favorite in 2020.
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