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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Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.