NYP: Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) announced Tuesday that he would not seek reelection, making him the 29th House Democrat to opt against contesting their seat this cycle.
The 67-year-old Cooper, who was first elected to Congress in 1982, cited redistricting as the major driver of his decision to retire.
“Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville,” he said in a statement. “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. There’s no way, at least for me in this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.”
Cooper added that he was announcing his decision “promptly so that others have more time to campaign” and promised to return donations for a reelection campaign that will not happen. more here