Rep. Cooper to discuss hotly debated topic with Vanderbilt students

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, will meet with Vanderbilt students interested in careers in the health professions on Monday, Oct. 8, for an in-depth discussion about health care policy. The meeting, which is open to the community, will be in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center Ballroom at 5:30 p.m.

Cooper, who represents the 5th District, has taught classes on health care policy as an adjunct professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management.

The congressman serves on the Armed Services, Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform committees. This year he was named chairman of the Armed Services Committee’s Roles and Missions Panel.

Prior to being elected to his first term representing the 5th District in 2002, he was the founder of Brentwood Capital Advisors, where he raised funds for growing regional companies and businesses. He was also managing director for Equitable Securities, a Nashville-based investment bank.

From 1983 to 1995, Cooper represented the 4th District. During that time he served on the Energy and Commerce and Budget committees. His special legislative focus was on health care, literacy and other rural concerns. CQ Politics in America 1994 described him as “a major figure in the Clinton-era debate on universal health coverage.” Cooper, who was a Rhodes Scholar, earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1980.

Following Cooper’s formal remarks there will be a question and answer session. For more information about this presentation, please contact the Vanderbilt Health Professions Advisory Office at 615-322-2446.

Media Contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, 615-322-NEWS

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