TNDP Mourns Representative Barbara Cooper

For Immediate Release Contact: Brit Bender | Tennessee Democratic Party | 319 Plus Park Blvd., Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37217 | Office: (615) 327–9779 |

Tennessee Representative Barbara Cooper has died at the age of 93. First elected in 1996, she served for 26 years in the TN House of Representatives. She also retired as a Memphis City Schools teacher who embraced education for all and made it a top priority for herself throughout life.

Representative Cooper was a dedicated community servant who put her constituents first. She will be remembered as a champion for schools and education, for the rights of Black Tennesseans, and in the fight against poverty, especially in Memphis.

“Representative Cooper will forever hold a special place in all of our hearts. Her service and commitment to a better Memphis and Tennessee will be a benchmark for all of us and generations to come. Her contributions to the Democratic Party and fierce advocacy for our values will continue to guide us.“ – Hendrell Remus, TNDP Chair

The TNDP will defer to Representative Cooper’s family and the TN Democratic House Caucus for information on a celebration of life ceremony.


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