State Senator Cooper Resigning After 22 Years of Service

McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Senator Jerry Cooper says he's resigning after 22 years in the Legislature.

The Morrison Democrat told the Southern Standard newspaper that he's looking forward to spending time with his family and plans to assist the person selected to take his place.

Cooper's decision follows a record $120,000 fine he was given for moving campaign funds into his personal account. He says he can't afford to pay the fine in time to qualify for next year's elections.

The Warren County Commission will select a temporary replacement for Cooper. The election for a full four-year term will be in November.

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