Mike Cooper was born in November 1953 to Ernest and Audrey Cooper, and became the oldest of the Coopers’ five children – four of whom continue to live in Covington. His father was elected Mayor of Covington in 1967 and served until 1991, so Mike grew up with a strong appreciation not only for his hometown but for public service.
After graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1977 with a degree in City and Regional Planning, Mike returned to his roots and began to build a life in the city he loves. Now a licensed Realtor, Mike built a career in customer service and sales with several private-sector employers. For two years, he worked as a Staff Planner and Interim Director of the Parish Planning Department.
Mike has continued to serve the community of his birth through a number of volunteer and civic organizations, including St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Covington Recreation Department, the St. Paul’s School Alumni Association, and the Covington Jaycees. He was appointed by the City Council to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Home Rule Charter Review Committee, helped organize the City of Covington’s 175th Birthday Celebration in 1988, and chaired the United Way Campaign in 2001. He is a volunteer with the Three Rivers Arts Festival and has worked to organize events for the National Night Out Against Crime.
On April 2, 2011, Mike Cooper was elected with 54% of the vote to serve the people of Covington as their next Mayor. Mike’s lifelong record of service and his deep roots in Covington show him to be more than a politician. Mike is a citizen in the truest sense of the word. Since he was a child, Mike has worked to make his hometown a better place – volunteering, serving, and earning a degree in a field that makes him an even better servant.
Mike and his wife Catherine live in old Covington, and he is the proud step-father of sons Whitney, 25, and Duncan, 23.
For Mike Cooper, Covington isn’t just a place.