Cooper is the House's conscience, a lonely voice for civility in this ugly era.
- Joe Nocera, NYT September 5, 2011
Cooper is the rare congressman willing to act now.
- Joshua Greene, Boston Globe May 4, 2012
He is a reformer. It's not that he needs this job for self-affirmation. It's not that he needs this job because he'll never get a better one. He's there for the right reasons.
- Norman Ornstein
One of the most bipartisan public officials in Tennessee
- The Tennessean, January 16, 2011
One of top ten "debt daredevils" who "have shown high-souled courage by thinking outside the lines to save future generations
- Mark McKinnon, The Daily Beast, April 25, 2011