Tennessee State Senator Decides Against Run for Re-election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state senator who was issued a record $120,000 fine for moving campaign funds into a personal account has decided not to run for re-election.

Sen. Jerry Cooper, a Morrison Democrat, says he will ask the Registry of Election Finance to reconsider the fine.

State law does not allow politicians to use campaign money for their personal expenses.

The transfer came to light during a trial in which Cooper faced charges of bank fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy.

He was acquitted by a jury earlier this year but an Internal Revenue Service investigator testified that Cooper moved the funds between 1999 and 2001.

The 59-year-old has been in the Senate since 1985. He pleaded no contest in August to drunken driving in a wreck that critically injured him.

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