Democrat Rep. Cooper easily wins re-election

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 9:23pm

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper rolled to re-election Tuesday night, overcoming Republican challenger David Hall with relative ease.

Cooper, who will serve his fifth term, beat Republican David Hall while running a positive campaign.

"I am proud that we ran a strong, honest and positive campaign that focused on the issues that matter to our community," Cooper said Tuesday. "I’m thankful for every vote, every volunteer and every personal endorsement. It’s truly an honor to represent Middle Tennesseans in Congress.”

Cooper was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District in 2002. He previously represented the state’s 4th congressional district from 1983 to 1995. He is the son of former Gov. Prentice Cooper, who was the state’s chief executive from 1939 to 1945.

In 1994, Cooper unsuccessfully ran to fill the unexpired U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Al Gore when he became Vice President. He lost that race to actor/lawyer and one-time presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

Known as a budget wonk and a deficit hawk, Cooper is a member of the ever-decreasing congressional caucus known as the “Blue Dog Coalition.” Today, he and Memphis Rep. Steve Cohen became the only Democratic members to serve Tennessee in Congress.

Cooper currently serves on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 

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14 Comments on this post:

By: shinestx on 11/2/10 at 9:54

Nashville deserves Mr. Stupor Cooper. I mean, how stupid?! To send to a GOP controlled Congress someone who was unable to get funding for a federal courthouse when it was dominated by Dem-wits! Guess what Nashville, that new courthouse you've been waiting for for 18 years... the one that Stupor Cooper didn't know why it has been bumped down the list of priorities a dozen times... ain't happening! You deserve everything that this do-nothing bump does (or doesn't do, as the case has been). LOL... you guys scroooooood yourselves.

Now the GOP run statehouse needs to reapportion Mr. Stupor's district to ensure his defeat in '12. Nashville should have better... but it got what it deserves.

By: clsand99 on 11/2/10 at 10:48

Congratulations to Mr. Cooper & his supporters. He's a good man and a good politician. I voted against him, but I don't dislike him and I don't think he hurts us in TN. I'd like to see a more determined effort to make government smaller. But, he's as a good a Dem for that job as any out there.

By: jwk6179 on 11/3/10 at 6:15

Nashville deserves Mr. Stupor Cooper. I mean, how stupid?!

shinestx, It's hard to BEAT AN IMCUMPENT like Jim Cooper when HE BASICALLY RUNS UNOPPOSED in the Election. If David Hall was such a VIABLE CANIDATE for congress, why didn't he get his name out there like the canidates that beat Lincoln Davis and Roy Herron did? Why didn't he campaign and buy TV Ads like other canidates that won did? David Hall did none of that.

I live in the 6th Congressional District and for years, I was always asked why did we keep sending that Liberial Bart Gordon back to Congrees every two years. And the answer was to that question was because there has never been a Republican canidate to run against Bart Gordon that had a REALISTIC CHANCE OF WINNING. Same holds true with Jim Cooper. Get a canidate with a LEGITIMATE and REALISTIC SHOT of defeating Jim Cooper and maybe, just maybe, they will defeat Jim Cooper.

By: BEOWULF on 11/3/10 at 7:21

BEOWULF: RE: clsand99 - "...he's as a good a Dem for that job as any out there." How naive! Cooper will "obummer" us to death, as per usual! TN's got Cooper; NV's got Reid - what a rotten pear...OOPS!

By: BenDover on 11/3/10 at 7:42

When Cooper had a 5 to 1 funding advantage 58% to 42% isn't a rout. It's a wake-up call.

By: miscueiam@hotma... on 11/3/10 at 8:22


Cooper is an Oxford educated brilliant statesman. He is a
moderate in social issues and probably the most informed
member of Congress on healthcare. Likewise, he is
very conservative on fiscal issues. He is not corrupt.
Really, we are so lucky to have him.

Stoopid - I think not.

By: sharko20 on 11/3/10 at 9:13

How can he be considered a fiscal conservative when he voted for the stimulus, healthcare bill and cap and trade?

Hall was not a good candidate. The Republicans must do better to beat Cooper.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/3/10 at 9:28

Well said Ben.

58% to 42%, Cooper the incumbent name vs. an unknown who ran his own campaign!

Funny how all the Dems stop talking about "big money" when their guy spends so much proportion to his opponent.

By: miscueiam@hotma... on 11/3/10 at 11:04


Cooper voted for the amended health care bill, not the original.
He voted for cap and trade because it makes sense and is
a good bill. He is in the blue dog caucus which is very

By: tomba1 on 11/3/10 at 1:45

miscue - per cooper's staff in response to an email I sent last Fall and subsequent public statements made by cooper, he did in fact vote for the health care bill which was sent to the senate last Fall. He stated that, in spite of some problems he had with the bill, he voted for it to force the senate to do something and NOT for any positive merits of the legislation. When the bill came back from the senate, he had no choice but to support pelosi but still tried to give the appearance that he was concerned for his constituents and was performing an indepth analysis of the bill before his final, last minute, vote this Spring. Uh huh - sure thing. Why not do that before he ever voted the first time??

Now that's the type of quality representation and leadership this district deserves for sending him back to dc. Wonder where he'll be when he silently allows the tax cuts expire? Certainly not hiding out in the 37215/37205 zip codes! Probably in the same place he was when the house adjourned last month - nowhere to be found.

By: BenDover on 11/3/10 at 2:44

Cooper is Pelosi's b*tch. She lets him vote blue-dog when she doesn't need the vote but he votes with her, lap-dog style, when she does need it. That translates into the fact that he only votes conservative when his vote doesn't matter. It's a sham, a ruse, a shell game... and the rubes who voted for him expecting him to represent the basic fiscal conservativism of his district that he portrays have been duped again.

By: pswindle on 11/3/10 at 4:43

I can't believe that we have elected such unqualified people to represent us.. I was hoping that the state learned something from how incompetent that Alexandra and Corker have been. I shutter when I think of Black and some of other GOP that were elected. A sad, sad day in TN.

By: yucchhii on 11/4/10 at 10:58

As I read some of the comments made previous to mine, I see that many MORE "SUCKERS" that think that these CLOWNS will care enough to straighten things out...HA HA on YOU!! How long has it been that you remember ANY politician has ACTUALLY CARED about ANYONE aside from him or herself? Do anything for people with LOTS of $$$. BUT the POOR?...WHO ARE THEY? They don't deserve MY help! They don't have much or NO $$$, why should I do anything for them? Homeless people gather in the park DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM "HIS" OFFICE, BUT he does NOTHING...HELLO, "NOTHING" to help any of these people..."NOTHING". I know, many of you don't like the homeless because they're all bums...right?................"WRONG!" DEAD WRONG! You have bums that don't care and have given up and think the world OWES THEM. Then you have the HOMELESS who are TRYING to get back on their feet and get on with their lives, BUT, many of you want to keep thinking bad about ALL homeless. One day YOU may be "HOMELESS" and you "CAN'T" tell me that you will NEVER be homeless. Can you GAURENTEE that you will NEVER EVER be HOMELESS?...OF COURSE NOT!! So, keep that BS to yourself! Those of you who have any kind of CARING HEART, show you care. Do SOMETHING for the homeless. If you don't have much money, it's ok, give of YOURSELF and find something you can do. SCREW THESE DOG EAT DOG SELF SERVING POLITICIANS!!!

By: jwk6179 on 11/4/10 at 2:47

Apparently, House Minorty Leader (soon to be Speaker of the house) John Boehner and the Rupublican National Committee didn't consider Jim Cooper's opponant David Hall a SERIOUS CANIDATE to defeat Jim Cooper, when you consider that Boehner went to both the 4th Congressional District to campaign for Scott DeJarlais and the 8th Congressional District to campaign for Stephen Fincher , yet never made ONE TRIP into the 5th District to campaign for David Hall. And the RNC and other Conservative PACs gave money and ran adds for Scott Dejarlias and Stephen Fincher and against Lincoln Davis and Roy Herron, but they did neither for David Hall. If they couldn't be bothered to campaign for David Hall, why should the voters be brothered to support him.