Tennessee House Representative

BARBARA WARD COOPER
D - Memphis
District 86 - Part of Shelby County

House Member Picture

District Address
99 N. Main St., #2312
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone (901) 578-7002
Nashville Address
38 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0186
Phone (615) 741-4295
Fax (615) 741-8752
Staff Contact: Tamara Hanserd
Internet E-Mail Address
Rep. Barbara Cooper


Biographical Information
  • Born 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 Philosphy in Christian Psychology, Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, FL. 1999
Public Office
  • House Member of the 100th through 105th General Assemblies
  • Vice Chair, Government Opererations Committee
  • Member, House Children and Family Affairs Committee
  • Member, House Education Committee
  • Member, House Family Justice Subcommittee
  • Member, House Higher Education Subcommittee
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
Honors and Awards
  • Cooper/Jones Initiative
  • Citizens for Better Service
  • Outstanding Service, St. Augustine School
  • District 86 Advisory Council
  • Tennessee Dispensing Opticians Association
  • Tennessee Tourism Roundtable
  • Kennedy Democratic Organization (KDO)
  • Plaque Awarded by Magnolia Transportation Grant Group for Outstanding Civic Work Supported by Contenders 1996