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Kenneth W. Cooper

International Secretary-Treasurer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Biography

Kenneth W. Cooper serves on Ullico Inc.’s Board of Directors.

In May 2017, International President Lonnie R. Stephenson asked Cooper to join him as International Secretary-Treasurer and serve as his partner leading the IBEW. Cooper was elected to his first full term in 2022 by the delegates at the 40th International Convention in Chicago.

As Secretary-Treasurer, Cooper oversees the International Office’s finances, pension and health care programs for the IBEW’s 775,000 members, among other responsibilities.

Cooper began his career in 1985 at Local Union 688 in Mansfield, Ohio where he served a four-year apprenticeship to become a journeyman wireman. He served many roles at his local union including steward, vice president, president, chairman trustee for the Pension Fund, chairman trustee for the Annuity and chairman of trustees for the Health and Welfare Fund. In 1993 he was elected business manager.

Under his leadership the local prospered; market share for construction grew and organizing increased.

He also stayed active in his community. Taking on community roles such as vice president of the Richland County AFL-CIO, co-chairman of the Richland County Building Trades, board member for the American Red Cross, United Way, Catholic Charities and Richland County Woman’s Shelter.

In 2002, Cooper relocated to Las Vegas, Nev., working for Local Union 396 as the assistant business manager. While there he was instrumental in organizing five new units of workers at Nevada Power Company.

In 2006 IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill recognized his leadership skills when he asked him to serve as an international representative for the Fourth District of the IBEW, which covers Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

In May 2011, Brother Cooper’s hard work and dedication to the IBEW was once again recognized when President Hill recommended to the International Executive Council that Brother Cooper be appointed as the international vice president for the Fourth District.

He was elected to the role in September 2011 by the delegates at the 38th International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, and re-elected in 2016 at the 39th International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 2017, through his persistence and leadership, the IBEW celebrated one of the biggest organizing wins in its 125-year history when 1,418 Baltimore Gas and Electric Employees voted to be represented by our great brotherhood.

Kenneth W. Cooper resides in Clarksburg, Maryland with his wife, Gina. Together they have raised 3 beautiful daughters and 2 amazing sons.