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Robert E. Cooper, Jr. Attorney General
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., was sworn in as the Attorney General and Reporter for the State of Tennessee on November 1, 2006. He was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve an eight-year term.
Prior to his appointment as Attorney General and Reporter, General Cooper served as 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.
Before joining the Governor's office, General Cooper was a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in Nashville where he specialized in corporate, constitutional and regulatory litigation. Prior to his work at the firm, he served as clerk for U.S. District Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer in Washington, D.C. An expert in campaign finance and election law, General Cooper has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School.
General Cooper is a Chattanooga native. He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a law degree from Yale University. 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.