Citing Redistricting, Tennessee Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper to Retire

Long-time Tennessee Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) announced Tuesday that he won't seek reelection this year.  In his announcement, Cooper cited congressional redistricting, which cleared the Republican-dominated General Assembly after a state House vote Monday.

The plan cracks Nashville - which is the vast majority of the existing 5th district - into three districts, effectively putting it out of reach for Democrats this year. According to FiveThirtyEight, the partisan lean of District 5 will move from D+17 to R+15. 

Cooper is the 42nd House member - and 29th Democrat - to announce they are retiring or seeking another office this year. 

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