Barbara Ward Cooper
Family and Personal:
Rep. Cooper has three children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren and is a retired educator, community relations specialist, and parent coordinator.
She is a member of the Shelby County Democratic Women, Co-Convener, African American People’s Organization, NAACP, Women in Government, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), National Council of Negro Women, Shelby County Section SAC Chair, Cooper/Jones Initiative, Citizens for Better Service, Tennessee Dispensing Opticians Association, Tennessee Tourism Roundtable, Kennedy Democratic Organization (KDO), S/W Forum on Taxes, Thirteenth Documentary Cultural Awareness, Neighborhood Clean Up in Public Safety, and Transportation: A Way out of Poverty.
Councils and Boards:
She serves on the Southwest Community Education Advisory Committee and as chair of the Shelby County Section SAC. She also serves on the CIO Labor Council, Education Leadership Council, Memphis Area Association of Governments Board (MAAG), Downtown Memphis Commission Board, Social Action Committee, and is secretary of the Shelby County Delegation.
Rep. Cooper followed the Democrat party line and voted against bills chosen for education reform, medical freedom, second amendment rights, fiscal responsibility, governmental transparency, election integrity, and constitutional fidelity. Rep. Cooper earned a vote score of 11% and a leadership grade of F based on her sponsorships and other meritorious or deleterious actions.
Here are some of the bills Rep. Cooper supported:
• HB0204/SB0136 The Crown Act- protecting ethnic hairstyles in the workplace. [Passed]
• HB1201/SB1005 Changes in campaign finance giving advantage to incumbents; limiting freedom of speech. [Passed]
• HB1944/SB1944 porn in libraries, criminal offense Amended [Failed in S. Judiciary]
• HB2128/SB2245 Election integrity measures. [Passed]
• HB2309/SB2464 Allows professional licenses for illegal immigrants in Tennessee. [Passed]
• HB2331/SB2558 Auditable paper trail voting machines. [Passed]
• HB2609/SB2890 Cincinnati Reds 80% tax-break for Chattanooga farm team. [Passed]
• HB2886/SB2901 Provides $500M for Titans to build new stadium. [Passed]
• HB8002/SB8002 Provides $678,218,300 of taxpayer money for Ford to build an electric vehicle plant in W. TN. [Passed]
Rep. Cooper did not support these bills:
• HB1749/SB2285 Court decisions de novo, not based on a state agency’s interpretation. [Passed]
• HB1871/SB1982 Recognition that natural immunity is equal or superior to vaccine. [Passed]
• HB1960/SB1884 No government vaccine mandates [Passed]
• HB2222/SB2264 Holds officials accountable for resettled refugees. [Failed in S. Judiciary]
• HB2454/SB2292 Redefines “obscene” to include educational material in K-12 making it unlawful. [Passed]
• HB2666/SB2247 Requires Textbook Commission to provide a list of approved material to GA members. [Passed]
• HB2742/SB2728 Requires public high schools to teach virtues of capitalism and constitution. [Passed]
• HB2746/SB2188 Makes Ivermectin available over the counter. [Passed]
Democrat ideas and policies do not correspond with the TN or US constitutions. They do little to advance the well-being of their constituents or the population in general. They would do well to examine the motives of those by whom they are guided.