Barbara Cooper

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Barbara Cooper
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 86
Incumbent
In office
1996-Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Caucus Secretary, Tennessee House of Representatives
2011-2013
Compensation
Base salary$20,203/year
Per diem$188/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTennessee State University, 1950
Master'sTennessee State University, 1965
Ph.D.Jacksonville Theological Seminary, 1999
Personal
BirthdayAugust 4, 1929
Place of birthMemphis, Tennessee
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Barbara Cooper (b. August 4, 1929) is a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 86. She was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Cooper previously served as Democratic Secretary.

Biography

Cooper earned her B.S. in Education from Tennessee State University in 1950. She went on to receive her M.S. from Tennessee State University in 1963. Cooper later received a Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy in Christian Psychology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1999. In 1970, Cooper was a community relation specialist for Southwest Community College. She then worked as an instructor for Southwest Tennessee Community College from 1980 to 1986. She was a parent coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis City Schools in 1986 and from 1988 to 1994.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cooper served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Ways, and Means
Transportation

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cooper served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cooper served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Barbara Cooper was unopposed in the Democratic primary. George T. Edwards was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cooper defeated Edwards in the general election.[1][2]

Tennessee House of Representatives District 86, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Cooper Incumbent 70.9% 7,595
     Republican George T. Edwards, III 29.1% 3,115
Total Votes 10,710

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cooper won re-election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 86. Cooper ran unopposed in the August 2 primary election and defeated George T. Edwards (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 86, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Cooper Incumbent 76% 16,619
     Republican George Edwards 24% 5,244
Total Votes 21,863

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cooper ran for re-election to the 86th District seat in 2010. She was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[5] She defeated Republican Harold M. Baker in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Cooper won re-election to the 86th District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives, defeating opponent Jim Ryal (D).[7]

Cooper raised $24,182 for her campaign while Edwards raised $0.[8]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 86 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Cooper (D) 14,592
George Edwards III (R) 4,233

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cooper is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Cooper raised a total of $204,095 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 2, 2013.[9]

Barbara Cooper's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $20,985
2010 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $18,976
2008 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $24,182
2006 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $21,781
2004 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $24,720
2002 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $25,950
2000 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $23,185
1998 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $27,287
1996 Tennessee State House, District 86 Won $17,029
Grand Total Raised $204,095

2012

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $20,985.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Barbara Cooper's campaign in 2012
Cooper, Barbara$4,800
Memphis Pace$2,250
Tennessee Education Association$2,250
Tennessee State Employees Association$1,400
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of Tennessee$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$20,985
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $18,976.

2008

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $24,182.

2006

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $21,781.

2004

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $24,720.

2002

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $25,950.

2000

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $23,185.

1998

Cooper won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $27,287.

1996

Cooper won election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Cooper raised a total of $17,029.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Personal

Cooper has three children and currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

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1996–present
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