Bredesen's Legal Counsel Appointed Attorney General

Nashville (AP) -- Governor Bredesen's legal counsel, attorney Robert E. Cooper Junior, has been appointed the state's next Attorney General.

The 49-year-old Cooper was chosen by the State Supreme Court Monday from among three candidates narrowed down from a list of 14 applicants.

The Attorney General is the state's chief legal officer.

The other two finalists were Margaret Behm, a Nashville attorney, and Joseph "Jef" Feibelman, a Memphis attorney.

Cooper, a native of Chattanooga, is scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday in Nashville by Chief Justice William M. Barker.

Cooper succeeds Paul Summers who declined to seek reappointment.

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