Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee is the 29th Democrat to announce he will not seek reelection in 2022.
He is blaming his decision on redistricting.
Even if that is true, this is another blow to Democrats heading into the fall.
WKRN News reports:
Congressman Jim Cooper announces he won’t seek reelection
On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) announced he would not seek reelection after his 32 years in Congress.
“I cannot thank the people of Nashville enough. You backed me more than almost anyone in Tennessee history, making me the state’s 3rd longest-serving member of Congress. You allowed me to help millions of people while representing our state capital, as well as 30 of our state’s 95 counties,” Cooper said in a statement.
Cooper said he saw the General Assembly’s recent redistricting as “dismembering Nashville.” He made the announcement nine months before the November election in hopes of giving other candidates more time to campaign. Individual contributions made to Cooper’s campaign will be returned.
“I plan on finishing out my term by maintaining a high level of service to all the 760,000+ people in the 5th congressional district. A member of Congress is only as good as his staff, and I’ve had the very best talent for almost 40 years. They are a joy and a blessing. Many have gone on to great careers inside and outside of government. My 600+ interns over the years are our future leaders,” his statement continued.
How many more Democrats will bow out before the midterms?
Vulnerable Tennessee Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper announced Tuesday he would retire from Congress after 16 terms, making him the twenty-ninth House Democrat to announce plans to leave the House after this year. https://t.co/rQI5hLqMLY
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 25, 2022
— Camille M. Gallo (@camillegallo) January 25, 2022
When I filed to run, I said we’d make Jim Cooper retire. We did it before we got to Election Day. A new era begins now. In TN5 I’ll fight to put America First, make sure mandates never happen again, fix our economy, hold China accountable and much more! https://t.co/FGvUL6PziQ https://t.co/nW7YWXYi06
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 25, 2022
The midterms are going to be big.