New Cosponsor of Fair Representation Act: Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee

Posted by Myeisha Boyd on July 26, 2017

The Fair Representation Act (FRA) -- H.R. 3057 continues to gain new Congressional cosponsors. The FRA was introduced on June 26, 2017 by Congressman Don Beyer who serves Virginia’s 8th district representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. Rep. Beyer introduced the FRA because, ‘this bill would ensure that every voter has their voice represented in Congress, and make real progress towards bipartisan focus on getting results for the American people.’

On July 17, 2017 Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-5) was the newest U.S. House Member to sign onto H.R. 3057 as a cosponsor, joining U.S. Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Jamie Raskin (MD-8). Serving in Congress since 2003, Rep. Cooper is known for focusing on government reform, co-sponsoring a number of redistricting bills. He should be commended for identifying the FRA as a more comprehensive way of addressing redistricting issues.

The FRA gives voters of all backgrounds and all political stripes the power to elect U.S. Representatives who reflect their views. Under the FRA, there will be more choices and several winners elected in each district. Congress will remain the same size, but districts will be larger, each electing 3, 4, or 5 winners. Voters will be free to rank their choices without fear of "spoilers."

Learn more about the Fair Representation Act, go to FairRepAct.com.

 

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