Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Responds to Supreme Court Gerrymandering Decision

Jun 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) made the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling that partisan gerrymandering cannot be decided by federal courts.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is shortsighted and dangerous for our country. ‘One person, one vote’ was decided in Tennessee (Baker v. Carr) and allowed federal courts to intervene in redistricting cases. Now that the Supreme Court has failed to stop politicians from rigging the redistricting process, it’s up to Congress to fix the system by passing my redistricting reform bills. Voters ought to be able to pick their politicians, not the other way around.”

Rep. Cooper has introduced two redistricting bills to Congress. They are the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act and the Redistricting Transparency Act of 2019, both of which have previously been introduced in past congressional sessions.