Cooper, who represents the Nashville area, coasted to victory over his 2010 opponent, Republican David Hall, even as other Democrats in the state’s delegation weren’t so lucky. Tennessee Democrats lost three seats in the midterm elections. Cooper is one of two Democrats who will remain in the state’s Congressional delegation; the other is Rep. Steve Cohen, who represents Memphis.
This also means that Cooper, one of the highest-ranking elected Democrats in Tennessee, won’t run against Sen. Bob Corker (R) in 2012. Cooper served in the House from 1982 until 1994, when he ran against Republican Fred Thompson for then-Sen. Al Gore’s seat. He took a break from politics but returned to the House after the 2002 elections.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.