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Tennessee's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Jim Cooper Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Cooper Democratic Party
Jim Cooper.jpeg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Tennessee U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Bob Ries defeated Chris Carter, John Smith and Ronnie Holden in the Republican primary on August 7, 2014.[3] Incumbent Jim Cooper, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, defeated Ries and independent Paul Deakin in the general election.

Although most of Tennessee votes Republican, Bruce Oppenheimer, a professor at Vanderbilt University, explained that the Cooper's district, which includes Nashville, and the 9th District, which includes Memphis, "are unlike the other seven House districts in their partisan composition. They're more urban, more minority and more Democratic."[4] The race was rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[9]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jim Cooper (D), who was first elected in 2002.

Tennessee's 5th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Dickson, Cheatham and Davidson counties.[10]


General election candidates

August 7, 2014, Republican Primary

Removed from ballot

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 62.3% 95,635
     Republican Bob Ries 35.8% 54,939
     Independent Paul Deakin 2% 3,032
Total Votes 153,606
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ries 37.8% 11,384
Chris Carter 29.8% 8,975
John Smith 17.6% 5,306
Ronnie Holden 14.7% 4,419
Total Votes 30,084
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

Below are important votes that Cooper cast during the 113th Congress.

National security


Nay3.png Cooper voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Cooper voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngCooper voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Cooper voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]


2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[15] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Cooper voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cooper joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[18][19]

2013 Farm bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Cooper voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[21] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[22]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[23] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[24] Cooper voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[26] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cooper voted for HR 2775.[27]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Cooper voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[28] The vote largely followed party lines.[29]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Cooper has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[30]

Campaign contributions

Jim Cooper

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cooper's reports.[31]

Bob Ries

Bob Ries (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 8, 2014$4,321.48$0$(536.27)$3,785.21
Running totals

District history

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The 5th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim Cooper won re-election in the district.[38]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.2% 171,621
     Republican Brad Staats 32.8% 86,240
     Green John Miglietta 2% 5,222
Total Votes 263,083
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jim Cooper won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Hall (R) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper 57.2% 99,162
     Republican David Hall incumbent 42.8% 74,204
Total Votes 173,366

See also

External links


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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. The Tennessean, "Rep. Jim Cooper avoids the partisan extremes," accessed August 4, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Tennessee Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
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  12. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Filed for Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives," accessed July 18, 2014
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  14. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  15. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
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  22. New York Times, "House Republicans push through Farm Bill, without food stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  25. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  30. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cooper's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Cooper Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  38. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013