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LGBTQ+ Rights

I believe love is love and everyone deserves equal protection under the law. I cosponsored and voted for the Equality Act and support the Student Nondiscrimination Act. I was one of the first members of Congress to oppose the ban on transgender service members. I have fought to stop discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing and credit lending markets and prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity in adoption and foster care determinations. I even joined my colleagues in several high profile court cases fighting for equal rights (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Gavin Grimm, and Obergefell). I proudly voted for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Listen for my appearances on GayBC News with Veronika Electronika.

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Oct 19, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE - Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today spoke at the State of Tennessee’s Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting, again calling on lawmakers to keep Nashville whole.

Cooper spoke at the House Select Committee on Redistricting last month.

Aug 17, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced Tennessean Christopher Jerrolds re-joined his staff as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced the rebranding of his IssueWatch project, formerly a twice-weekly online newsletter dedicated to Middle Tennesseans interested in important congressional updates and other major news items.  

May 12, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Congressman Jim Cooper (D) announced today that Lisa Quigley, his longest serving Chief of Staff, will depart this summer after 13 years leading his office. 

He also announced that Cheryl Mayes, his Director of Finance and Operations, will become the District Director of the Nashville office.

Apr 8, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commended President Joe Biden’s executive actions to end gun violence by saying: “President Biden’s actions today will undoubtedly save lives, especially here in Middle Tennessee where our governor just signed a bill to allow the carrying of firearms without a permit,” Rep. Cooper said. “The House passed expanded background check bills last month that we still need the Senate to bring up for a vote.”

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