Lee signed S.B. 781 into effect on Sunday, according to Bloomberg Government. The map is expected to give Republicans an edge in eight of nine congressional districts in Tennessee, leading to some incumbent Democrats not running for reelection.
“Today I am announcing that I will not run for re-election to Congress,” Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, the representative of the 5th Congressional District, said in a statement. “After 34 years in office, I will be leaving Congress next year.”
“I cannot thank the people of Nashville enough,” Cooper added. “You backed me more than almost anyone in Tennessee history.”
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