Robert E. Cooper, Jr.

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Robert E. Cooper, Jr.
26th Attorney General and Reportor of Tennessee
In office
November 1, 2006 – October 1, 2014
Governor Bill Haslam
Phil Bredesen
Succeeded by Herbert Slatery
Personal details
Born (1957-01-19) January 19, 1957 (age 65)[1]
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Princeton University
Yale University
Website Official website

Robert E. Cooper, Jr. (born January 19, 1957) is the former Attorney General of the state of Tennessee. A Democrat,[2] Cooper Jr. was appointed by the state supreme court to that position and was sworn in as the 26th Attorney General and Reporter of Tennessee by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William M. Barker, taking office on November 1, 2006. The Court declined to reappoint him on September 15, 2014, naming Herbert Slatery as his successor.[3] His tenure ended on October 1, 2014.[4]

His father, Robert E. Cooper, Sr., served on the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1974 until 1990.

Background and education

Cooper is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the Baylor School in 1975.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He served as chairman of The Daily Princetonian and was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. Between college and law school he worked as a reporter for The Raleigh (NC) Times.


Before being nominated to the position of Attorney General, Cooper was Legal Counsel to Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003 to 2006. In addition to providing legal advice to the Governor, he coordinated the legal affairs of the executive branch for the Governor, assisted in the development and implementation of legislation, advised on judicial appointments, and reviewed requests for executive clemency and extradition.

Prior his appointment as Legal Counsel to Governor Bredesen, Cooper was an attorney and partner of the law firm, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC based in Nashville where he dealt in corporate, constitutional and regulatory litigation. Before being a partner at the law firm, he worked as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer in Washington, D.C. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School.



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Preceded by
Paul G. Summers
Attorney General of Tennessee
Succeeded by
Herbert Slatery