Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) is the latest Democrat to announce he won’t be returning to the House once his term is up. Cooper, who served 32 years as a Tennessee congressman, released a statement on his departure.

“Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville,” Cooper says. “No one tried harder to keep our city whole. I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville. There’s no way, at least for me in this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement on Cooper’s retirement.

“[Cooper] has always been willing to reach across the aisle to deliver for his beloved home state, especially as a former co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition,” Speaker Pelosi said. “For his ironclad commitment to respect, civility and service, Congressman Cooper has gained many admirers on both sides of the aisle, as well as among his former staffers and interns.”

Cooper is the 29th House Democrat to retire, fueling talk of a red wave come midterms.

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