Sharon (Sharon) M. Cooper (R-043)

State Representative Sharon Cooper

Sharon (Sharon) M. Cooper (R-043)
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Representative
Georgia House of Representatives
Room 436 State Capitol 206 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
1234 Powers Ferry Road, SE
Marietta, GA 30067
Residence:Marietta, GA

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Bio

Chairman Health & Human Services Born in Houston, Texas, Sharon is proud to have called Georgia home for over 38 years. She was married to the late Dr. Tom Cooper for more than 33 years. She was first elected in 1996 as the State Representative for the 41st District of Georgia (now 43rd district). In 2000 Sharon was chosen as legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party and in 2002 she was elected Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman making her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing committee responsibilities, Rep. Cooper assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus. Currently Rep. Cooper chairs the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. She was also appointed chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as chair of the Special Committee on Grady Hospital. Rep. Cooper is also a member of the Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil and Regulated Industries committees. Rep. Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and MSN in Nursing. Sharon has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer's Tea Party - a how-to book that encouraged the average citizen to become politically active. Recently she was asked to update this book, available now in E-book. A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Rep. Cooper was able to pass a major revision of the state's stalking law while still in her freshman term. In 2002 A.G. Ashcroft appointed her to the President's 30-member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. In 2006 Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit. She has also served on the First Lady, Mary Perdue's Advisory Committee on Foster Care. Rep. Cooper Continues to Author and foster legislation that promotes improved health care for Georgians such as- the HIV Screening Bill for Pregnant Women, Georgia Smoke free Air Act, and the "Health Share" Volunteers in Medicine Act. Rep. Cooper has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working legislators at the Capitol as well as being honest, straightforward and committed. Former governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller still calls her the little legislator that tells it like it is. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP * Health and Human Services, Chair * Judiciary - Non Civil, Member * Regulated Industries, Member * Rules, Member DISTRICT 43 INFORMATION Representative Sharon Cooper represents the 43rd district which is located in East Cobb County, the third largest county in the state of Georgia. It is located just north of Atlanta. The 43rd district is basically bordered by the Chattahoochee River and 120 Loop with Powers Ferry as it's western edge and Johnson Ferry as the eastern boundary.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 10/23/1942
Counties Representing
Cobb