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Rep. Barbara Ward Cooper

D-Memphis
District 86 — Part of Shelby County — Map

district address

668 Birthstone Ave
Memphis, TN 38109

nashville address

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 38 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-4295
Fax (615) 253-0327
rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov

Personal Information

  • Born on August 4, 1929
  • Widow, three children
  • Catholic
  • Retired Memphis City Schools Teacher
  • Graduate of Manassas High School, Memphis, TN
  • B.S. and Master's Degree in Education, Tennessee State University
  • Teacher Recognition Day by St. Augustine Parents
  • Silver Tray for Outstanding Service by St. Augustine Catholic School Principal 1988-1994 and Certificates (2)
  • Doctrine of Religious Philosophy in Christian Psychology, Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, FL. 1999

Community Involvement

  • Education Leadership Commission
  • Shelby County Democratic Women
  • Social Action Committee (St. Augustine Church)
  • Universal African American People's Organization (UAAPO)
  • City Empowerment Zone (E-Z) Committee
  • NAACP
  • Former Member, District 86 Advisory Council- SDNSC (Southwest,Downtown, Northwest, Shelby County Council)
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Memphis and Shelby County Tennessee State University Alumni Association
  • Women in Education
  • Past President, Tennessee Community Education Association

Current Session

Staff Contacts

  • Tamara Hanserd

Service in Public Office

  • House Member of the 100th through 108th General Assemblies
  • Chair, Black Caucus
  • Member, House Finance, Ways and Means Committee
  • Member, House Transportation Committee
  • Member, House Transportation Subcommittee