Tenn. Attorney General Bob Cooper To Seek Another 8-Year Term
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper said he will seek another eight-year term following the retention of three Democrats on the Supreme Court.
Cooper, a former aide to then-Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, had not divulged his plans before last week's Supreme Court vote in which three Democratic justices prevailed despite a concerted effort to oust them.
Tennessee is the only state in the country where the Supreme Court appoints the attorney general.
Republicans hold vast majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, and some leaders like Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey hoped to oust at least one of the justices to give the GOP a majority on the five-member court -- and control of naming the next attorney general.
Cooper's term expires at the end of the month.
Cooper released a statement Monday:
"Tennesseans sent a clear message last week that they want an independent, nonpartisan judicial branch. That is how I have run the Attorney General's office over the last eight years, and I am proud of our many accomplishments. I am strongly convinced the office must continue in this direction. I am honored to serve as Tennessee's Attorney General and will apply for another term."