great friend and one of the finest representatives in Washington."
December 14, 2009
NASHVILLE -- Congressman Jim
Cooper was saddened by the news of Bart Gordon’s intention to retire. He issued
the following statement.
"For more than 24
years, Bart has been an honest and thoughtful voice for Middle Tennessee. As
Chairmen of the Science and Technology Committee and dean of the Tennessee delegation, he
has been a leader for good ideas and common-sense legislation. His work with
Oak Ridge National Labs to achieve new fuel efficiency standards and his help
to tee up the state for becoming a leader in solar energy will be two of his
important legacies. He's a great friend and one of the finest
representatives in Washington."