cooperSharonBorn in Houston, Texas, Sharon is proud to have called Georgia home since 1970. After teaching nursing for several years she met Dr. Tom Cooper — they married in 1980 and purchased their first home together in East Cobb. Dr. Cooper passed away in 2013 but Sharon continues to call East Cobb home!

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, Sharon was chosen legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party in 2000. In 2002 she was elected Minority Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues in the Georgia House. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman which at that time made her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House, the highest rank ever attained by a woman. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing responsibilities as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and her membership of the powerful House Rules Committee, she assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus. Sharon also served as chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as being appointed the chairman of the Special Committee on Saving Grady Hospital, our state’s safety net hospital

Representative Cooper continues to chair the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. Rep. Cooper continues to serve on the House Rules Committee. She also serves on  the Judiciary Non-Civil, and the Regulated Industries committees.

Representative Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and an MSN in Nursing. She has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer’s Tea Party — a how-to book that encourages the average citizen to become politically active. She updated this book for a second edition in July 2010.

A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Representative Cooper passed a major revision of the state’s stalking law while in her freshman term. In 2002 Attorney General John 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 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 Smoke-free Air Act, and the “Health Share” Volunteers in Medicine Act. She has also passed major legislation to prevent elder abuse and to combat opiate addiction. 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. She considers the opportunity to serve the citizens of East Cobb as one of the greatest honors of her life.