Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Nashville and its surrounding areas. More

Jim Cooper has represented Nashville and surrounding areas in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002. Cooper sits on two House committees, Armed Services and Oversight and Government Reform, and was the lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation to address the issue of the federal deficit. His proposal of a bipartisan fiscal commission became the model for the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility led by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles.

A graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cooper earned a B.A. in history and economics as a Morehead Scholar in 1975. He received 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. Currently, Cooper teaches a course on health policy at the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University. He and his wife, Martha, live in Nashville and have three children.

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