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Barbara Cooper
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Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 86th district
In office
1996 – October 25, 2022
Preceded byRufus E. Jones
Personal details
Born
Barbara Lee Ward

(1929-08-04)August 4, 1929
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedOctober 25, 2022(2022-10-25) (aged 93)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJohn D. Cooper
Children3
Alma materTennessee State University
Jacksonville Theological Seminary
ProfessionTeacher

Barbara Lee Cooper (née Ward; August 4, 1929 – October 25, 2022) was an American politician and a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 86th District.[1]

Biography

Cooper was born in the New Chicago area in the district of North Memphis. Cooper graduated from Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She also graduated from Tennessee State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree in Education. She was a Memphis City Schools teacher. Cooper graduated with a Doctorate of Religious Philosophy in Christian psychology, from Jacksonville Theological Seminary (Jacksonville, Florida) in 1999.[1][2]

Cooper later became involved in Memphis politics, serving as the chair of the African-American People's Organization. They organized a convention that aided W. W. Herenton's election as mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1991 election[3] and encouraged civic engagement with the Shelby County Democratic Party.[4]

In 1994, Cooper ran for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 90th district, and lost to John DeBerry in the Democratic Party's primary election.[5] Cooper ran for the 86th district seat in the Tennessee House to succeed Rufus E. Jones, who did not run for reelection, in 1996.[6] Cooper won primary election out of nine candidates.[7]

She was Vice Chair of the House Government Operations Committee. She served on the House Children and Family Affairs Committee, the House Education Committee, the House Family Justice Subcommittee and the House Higher Education Subcommittee.[1]

Cooper died on October 25, 2022, at the age of 93. She was survived by her daughters, Reverend Joan Cooper Burnett and Tanya Cooper, and extended family. Barbara Cooper was predeceased by her son, Carl Cooper.[8] The deceased Barbara Cooper won the election in the 86th electoral district. Her seat in the State House of Representatives will remain vacant until the authorities appoint a replacement.[9]

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In 1951, she married John D. Cooper, one of the first Black firemen in the Memphis Fire Department; they had three children.[2] John D. Cooper died in 2006, after 55 years of marriage.[10]

Cooper was a Catholic who attended St. Augustine Catholic Church.[11]

Source: "Barbara Cooper (politician)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Cooper_(politician).

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References
  1. ^ a b c "Tennessee House Member". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Barbara Cooper Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Tennessee House Democratic Caucus website, accessed July 27, 2011
  3. ^ "The Commercial Appeal, page 8". Newspapers.com. February 21, 1994. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Commercial Appeal, page 14". Newspapers.com. September 15, 1993. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Commercial Appeal, page 16". Newspapers.com. August 5, 1994. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "The Commercial Appeal, page 15". Newspapers.com. May 31, 1996. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Commercial Appeal, page 7". Newspapers.com. August 2, 1996. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "TN State Representative Barbara Cooper dies at 93". WHBQ-TV. October 26, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  9. ^ "Два умерших американских политика победили на местных выборах". tass.ru. November 10, 2022.
  10. ^ "Obituary for Capt. John Cooper". Newspapers.com. April 29, 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "Vote 4 Barbara Cooper". Archived from the original on September 23, 2020.
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