BioBorn in Houston, Texas, Sharon is proud to have called Georgia home for over 38 years. She
and Dr. Tom Cooper will shortly celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and have lived
in East Cobb all of their married life. She was first elected in 1996 and is currently serving
her 7th term as the State Representative for the 41st District of Georgia.
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 and came out in paperback in July 2010.
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 Oleans
credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police
Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. She also served on the former 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 Smokefree 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".