He served as Tennessee attorney general from 2006 to 2014 under former mayor and Democratic Gov. "The idea that you could be sort of on the board of directors of this county, in a way that's not a full-time job — you're still doing car line and cooking supper for your family — is really a fun idea," Cooper says. The 65-year-old is a Harvard Law School graduate, a former banker, small-business owner and professor. We're all bound to mix them up at some point. Cooper met with Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson last week, along with Metro Council's budget chair, At-Large Council Member Bob Mendes. A letter from the state comptroller to the city in September became a talking point during the mayoral runoff election. He has terrific game management skills and will continue to grow in confidence the longer he spends in the Storm system. Cooper says that as a government and history major in college, he has always wanted to do this. Their father played his younger brother Andrew Johns just once – round six in 2002 when the Knights thrashed the Sharks 52-8. John Cooper is sworn in as Nashville's mayor. Metro Council Attorney Mike Jameson is Cooper's director of legislative affairs and a senior adviser. John Cooper was sworn in Sept. 28 as the ninth mayor of Nashville's metropolitan government. Cooper served a single term as an at-large Metro council member. Metro Director of Law Jon Cooper will take over for Jameson as the council's attorney, pending council approval — a role he served in before joining former Mayor Megan Barry's administration. It had to be the right time, though. But like the personalities of the senior Johns brothers… His brother is U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, and his father Prentice Cooper was governor of Tennessee in the 1940s. After earning his MBA at Vanderbilt University, he worked in finance on Wall Street before returning to Nashville to embark on a career in real estate development and business. Nashville is facing increased scrutiny from the state about its finances, Brenda Haywood as deputy mayor for community engagement, Kevin Crumbo as the city's new finance director, Metro Council Attorney Mike Jameson is Cooper's director of legislative affairs, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. While Cooper's run for council in 2015 was his first bid for public office, his family is familiar to Nashville voters. Buggs, a Nashville native, will serve as director of the office of neighborhoods. Yihyun Jeong covers politics in Nashville for USA TODAY NETWORK - TENNESSEE. The household gets it out for one final look, the lights go out and it vanishes stolen by one of the brothers, … Appointed to the 11-member board by former Mayor David Briley, Cooper will be replaced by on the board by the new mayor. His youngest child is 10 now, and he says his age was another factor. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, is John Cooper's older brother by two years. So if there are four seats left to be filled, as there were after election day in 2007, there will be a runoff between the top eight remaining candidates. Cooper will be joining as the administration as the new director of law on Nov. 4. He began working in the council office in 2001 as special assistant. He's also behind the retirement development The Heritage at Brentwood, and founded the charitable business Happy Retales. Mayor John Cooper's new top aides have ties to his brother, Congressman Jim Cooper, and to the state comptroller’s office. After getting his law degree, he spent two years working for the law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville. Council Attorney is a role Jon Cooper served in for seven years before he joined former Mayor Megan Barry's administration as law director. Cooper, a graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School and Middle Tennessee State University, initially worked in the music industry out of college before switching careers and serving as a legal assistant for a private attorney while attending Nashville School of Law. Cooper has already named former council member Brenda Haywood as deputy mayor for community engagement and Kevin Crumbo as the city's new finance director. Cooper announced Monday …

To secure a seat outright on election day, a candidate has to finish in the top five with more than 10 percent of the vote. DiMassimo will begin Oct. 28. Say your name and what you're running for. He works for council members, while Bob Cooper works for the mayor. But he says if he has a real hobbyhorse, it's protecting the process by which government interacts with citizens and "and making them feel that they are participating in a meaningful, transparent and understandable way.". [5] His brother Cooper Johns plays for … They just have to be one of the winners. She was most recently employed by Deloitte, a consulting firm, where she worked with Jennifer Pfeiffer, who is now the Tennessee comptroller's deputy chief of staff. Background. Reach her at yjeong@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @yihyun_jeong. She worked for more than 20 years in the Atlanta area. The race for the council's five countywide at-large seats is an odd sort of contest. He's running for Metro Council at-large, and this is his campaign kickoff, but he's gleefully inviting any other candidates in the room to introduce themselves: Don Majors (at-large), Lonnell Matthews (at-large; see the cover story), Erin Coleman (at-large), Nancy Van Reese (District 8), David Briley (vice mayor). Cooper's spokesperson Katie Lentile said Buggs is working part time until she joins the staff full time on Nov. 1. DiMassimo will join Cooper's staff as senior adviser of transportation and infrastructure. But it's his wife's father he cites as he stands on the chair, talking about how local government can work. Cooper received a lot of calls from concerned residents and a company even canceled a meeting with him following the news. Yes, (Bob) Cooper is replacing (Jon) Cooper.

Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon.

He ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 and lost to Republican Fred Thompson. "My children have a slogan for me — 'Old Guy, Wants to Help,' " he says. Metro Council confirmed his appointment last week during its second council meeting of the new term.

The district includes Nashville and much of Dickson and Cheatham counties. Currently a member of the compliance and government investigations practice group at Bass, Berry & Sims, Cooper also serves on Nashville's police community oversight board. You know, there's a window that you have to be aware of.".
John has managed the Nashville congressman's campaigns in the past.

The two women will join a still-forming administration. His brother is U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a fact betrayed by his general resemblance, his voice and some of his mannerisms. Cooper is sponsored by: Megan & Al Di Quinzio, Graham and Kay Middleton and Victorian Independent Flooring. Storyline. We need for that to work out. Cooper is not unfamiliar with politics.

Cooper has not yet announced his hire or said what role he is serving, despite multiple requests by The Tennessean. Say your name! Other administration hires include Chief Communications Officer Katie Lentile and his campaign manager Benjamin Eagles, whose role is also unconfirmed. He assures a reporter that he's using a hands-free setup, but soon decides to pull over anyway.
► Keep up with the latest in Nashville politics on the Tennessean app. (We'd call it Coopertown, but in deference to our friends in Robertson County, they beat Nashville to it. John Cooper is sworn in as Nashville's new mayor during a ceremony held at Stratford STEM Magnet High School on Saturday. We're talking all those Coopers that are involved in Nashville politics and government. He largely campaigned on getting the city's fiscal house in order. Actually, the question is not why I'm running, it's why even more people are not running. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, is John Cooper's older brother by two years. DiMassimo is Cooper's second top aide to have connections with the comptroller's office. He defeated former Mayor David Briley in a landslide runoff, becoming the first person in Metro's history to defeat an incumbent. A longtime real estate developer and investor, he says he likes the idea of bringing a business management background to the council. Johns is the son of Newcastle legend Matthew Johns. Mayor John Cooper's new top aides have ties to his brother, Congressman Jim Cooper, and to the state comptroller’s office. Cooper is also the former law clerk for U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer in Washington, D.C. Jon Cooper (also no relation to Jim and John and please, note there's no "h") is Metro Council's top attorney. Johns is the son of former Newcastle Knights player and Australian international Matthew Johns, and the nephew of rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns. She is currently the director of office and community services for Rep. Cooper and has worked for him since 2003. "My father-in-law is actually my model for this, who was a small-town motorcycle cop who became magistrate in a small town in Virginia," Cooper says. And the gift was being able to tell people that they were wrong but not make them mad.". Cooper is not unfamiliar with politics. A graduate of Auburn University, DiMassimo's past experience includes local transportation planning and implementation, with nearly 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

His brother is U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a fact betrayed by his general resemblance, his voice and some of his mannerisms. Kristin Wilson, the daughter-in-law of Comptroller Justin Wilson, is Cooper's chief of operations. "And you are all my wonderful friends for making it that way.". Days later Cooper is driving back from a briefing at the Metro Transit Authority when he answers a call from the Scene. And he had a gift. © 2020 www.tennessean.com. John Cooper is standing on a chair before a crowd that's spilling out of Dozen Bakery in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. "I'm John Cooper, but really I'm Jimmy Stewart and this is my wonderful life," he says. "And in his quiet way, he did more good in a day than whole federal agencies do in a week. A member of the Nashville Bar Association, he previously served on the board of directors of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association. It makes for an unusually, almost comically nice competition. Phil Bredesen, and has also taught at Vanderbilt Law School as an adjunct professor. Cooper, a 63-year-old former developer, is married with one adult child and two teenagers. Fun fact: Jim Cooper had to tell his constituents in 2006 that he was not Jerry Cooper, the Democrat state senator from Morristown, Tennessee, who was charged with bank fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy for his role in a deal involving land he owned, an inflated appraisal and a $1.7 million bank loan.

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