Nashville to remain in single U.S. House district

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:42pm

Republican lawmakers released their proposal for new U.S. congressional districts on Friday and Nashville will remain intact. Under the plan, the 5th District comprises all of Davidson and Dickson counties and most of Cheatham County.

Rep. Jim Cooper nodded to the historic nature of the Nashville-based district in a statement.

"Thank you for keeping Nashville together. The ‘Andrew Jackson District’ is intact! I regret losing any of my friends in Wilson County but I hope to make new friends in Dickson County and the parts of Cheatham that I do not already represent," he said.

After gaining control of the legislature last year, there was widespread speculation that Nashville would be cut into pieces in an attempt to increase the GOP advantage in the state.

According to a release from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, the new map equalizes populations and makes districts more geographically compact.

Of the four Middle Tennessee districts, only the 4th — currently represented by Scott DesJarlais — is geographically vast: stretching from Rutherford to Bradley County.

Under the proposal, only eight counties in the state are split between two districts. Three East Tennessee districts are entirely in East Tennessee, and two West Tennessee districts are completely in that Grand Division.

11 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 1/6/12 at 1:49

Darn would had been nice to be represented by a winner rather than Cooper. Will we see the same bitching from Turner?

By: shinestx on 1/6/12 at 1:58

Lucky people in Wilson County... to get rid of Jim Stupor without even having to move. As long as the dumb freeloaders and yeller-dog rednecks of East Nashville are in Stupor's district, he has job security. Nashville deserves the do-nothing backbenching Stupor, but not me. In three years when my youngest daughter is finished at St. Cecilia, I'm moving across the county line to Williamson Co..

By: treehugger7 on 1/6/12 at 3:29

Good riddance!

By: pswindle on 1/6/12 at 6:01

Jim Cooper is one of the smartest men in Congress, and he has common sense. He represents us well. Just because he is a democrat does not make him anything but working for the people of TN. I guess you want a person to go to Washington and sign the no-tax pledge, and vote to weaken SS and Medicare. You had better know what you want before you vote Jim out. He stand s up fo all.

By: sumnerred on 1/6/12 at 11:09

The brouhaha of several months ago that the dastardly GOP was going to split Nashville among 4 Congressional Districts was bulloney. There was never any intention to do that. The Democrats and the big paper were just looking to find reasons to attack the GOP. When they couldn't find something that was true, they decided to make it up. Maybe some of their minions will admit to it. However, I doubt it.

By: yogiman on 1/9/12 at 1:13

Jim has been in Washington too long. There should be a term limit on all political offices. There's too many that think a long timer career politician is best for them.

They are only best for themselves.

By: yogiman on 1/9/12 at 1:13

Jim has been in Washington too long. There should be a term limit on all political offices. There's too many that think a long timer career politician is best for them.

They are only best for themselves.

By: pswindle on 1/9/12 at 10:08

Do you think that Lamar has been in Washington too long? Jim's experience is valuable to all of us. He works for what is best for us, and not down party lines.

By: Little Dummy on 1/9/12 at 11:22

Jim Cooper is a Pervert Sympathizer/Supporter, witness his annual
participation in the June Pervert celebrations. We need a decent
man (or woman) in his place in Congress.

By: Left-of-Local on 1/9/12 at 2:58

Wow. Lots of asinine ignorance flourishing here, but not exactly a surprise.

I am at least happy to see the GOP not TOTALLY cheating their way to further victory by gerrymandering things much. Though this is not by any means any less of such, just better disguised.

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