Reproductive Rights and Women's Issues

I support women and gender equality, and have a 100% vote rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the American Association for University Women. I have fought to protect women's reproductive choice, funding for the Title X program and Planned Parenthood, and I believe that the dated Hyde Amendment--which was always targeted at low-income women and specifically women of color--should be repealed.

We need to do a better job promoting equality in the workplace. Gender should never affect compensation; most Americans believe in equal pay for equal work and an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. Unfortunately, women today make only 82 cents for every $1 earned by men--and Black women only make 62 cents. Women and men need to be compensated fairly and equally. That’s why I co-sponsored and voted for the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which became law in 2009. I have also cosponsored and voted for the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Equal Rights Amendment to help end discrimination in this country on the basis of gender, race, and sexual orientation. I’m also a co-sponsor and voted in favor of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure pregnant women are treated fairly on the job. This bill would allow common-sense accommodations so that pregnant workers can protect their families and not risk losing their jobs.

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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.

Sep 23, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE  Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), along with the Veteran Service Organization Operation Stand Down Tennessee, announced a $2.1 million federal grant under the Veteran’s Administration Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program.

Sep 9, 2021 Press Release

NASHVILLE  This morning Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) submitted his concerns in the federal comment period for TennCare III, Tennessee’s controversial Medicaid block grant, and urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to renegotiate a new waiver that is in the best interest of Tennesseans.

Aug 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON  Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), along with Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3) and Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), introduced the Rosa Parks Day Act. The bill would honor civil rights leader Rosa Parks by designating a new federal holiday. Nashvillian Moses Fisher, Jr. proposed the idea to Cooper and has championed it very effectively.

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.  

Jul 15, 2021 Press Release

48,300 Households, Covering 89.5% of All Children, in TN-05 Could Get Up to $300 Per Child Every Month July-December as Part of American Rescue Plan


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 20, 2021 Press Release

Yesterday the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report regarding sexual harassment within the Nuclear Security Forces of the NNSA. As Chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) commissioned the report in 2019 after the alleged assault and subsequent harassment and termination of Ms. Jennifer Glover, a former security contractor.

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.”