Barbara Cooper (politician)

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Barbara Cooper
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 86th district
In office
1996 – present
Preceded by Rufus E. Jones
Personal details
Born (1929-08-04) August 4, 1929 (age 87)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Tennessee State University
Jacksonville Theological Seminary
Profession Teacher
Religion Catholic[1]

Barbara Ward Cooper (born August 4, 1929) is an American politician and a state Democrat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, for the 86th District, which encompasses part of Shelby County.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Cooper has served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since the 100th Tennessee General Assembly (1997–1998). She is Vice Chair of the House Government Operations Committee. She serves on the House Children and Family Affairs Committee, the House Education Committee, the House Family Justice Subcommittee and the House Higher Education Subcommittee.[2]

Cooper graduated from Manassas High School, in Memphis, Tennessee. She also graduated from Tennessee State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree in Education. She is a retired Memphis City Schools teacher. Cooper graduated with a Doctorate of Religious Philosophy in Christian psychology, from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1999.[2][3]

Political views[edit]

In June 2000, Barbara Cooper voted to sustain Governor Don Sundquist's veto of the Tennessee General Assembly's proposed budget.[4] She voted against a bill that, upon passing, would have allowed fines of up to $100 for drivers who are in accidents or who are stopped for other traffic offenses and cannot show proof of insurance or financial responsibility.[5]


  1. ^ "BARBARA W. COOPER". Tennessee General Assembly. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tennessee House Member". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  3. ^ Barbara Cooper, Tennessee House Democratic Caucus website, accessed July 27, 2011
  4. ^ The Associated Press (2007-02-23). "Will Senate follow House vote?". The Oak Ridger Online. 
  5. ^ Karin Miller, The Associated Press (2001-04-24). "House OKs bill targeting driving without insurance". The Oak Ridger Online.