Republican lawmakers released their proposal for new U.S. congressional districts on Friday and Nashville will remain intact. Under the plan, the 5th District comprises all of Davidson and Dickson counties and most of Cheatham County.
Rep. Jim Cooper nodded to the historic nature of the Nashville-based district in a statement.
"Thank you for keeping Nashville together. The ‘Andrew Jackson District’ is intact! I regret losing any of my friends in Wilson County but I hope to make new friends in Dickson County and the parts of Cheatham that I do not already represent," he said.
After gaining control of the legislature last year, there was widespread speculation that Nashville would be cut into pieces in an attempt to increase the GOP advantage in the state.
According to a release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, the new map equalizes populations and makes districts more geographically compact.
Of the four Middle Tennessee districts, only the 4th — currently represented by Scott DesJarlais — is geographically vast: stretching from Rutherford to Bradley County.
Under the proposal, only eight counties in the state are split between two districts. Three East Tennessee districts are entirely in East Tennessee, and two West Tennessee districts are completely in that Grand Division.