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Jim Cooper
Congressman
5th Congressional District of Tennessee

James (Jim) H. S. Cooper represents Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. He earned a B.A. in History and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 as a Morehead Scholar; a B.A./M.A. in Politics and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in 1977; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980. From 1980-82, he was an attorney with Waller, Lansden, Dortch, & Davis in Nashville, Tennessee, until he was elected congressman for the 4th Congressional District, serving from 1983-95. During that time, he served on the Energy and Commerce and Budget Committees and the Small Business Subcommittee. His special legislative focus was on health care, literacy and other rural concerns, and he played leadership roles in major telecommunications, environmental and consumer legislation.

Mr. Cooper was elected to his second stint in Congress in 2002, serving a more urban and suburban constituency in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Ashland City, Pleasant View, and Pegram. As 5th District Congressman, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. Cooper continues to teach as an adjunct professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught a course on health care policy for ten years.

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