Kenneth Cooper Alexander was born and reared in Norfolk, VA and became president of his neighborhood’s civic league and Community Housing and Development Corporation. He has taught the Old and New Testament at the same church he attended as a child, as well as served as an instructor of International Relations at Tidewater Community College. By profession, Alexander is a Funeral Director and President of Metropolitan Funeral Service, a family-owned business, with two locations in Norfolk, and one in Portsmouth.
Alexander was sworn in to the Senate of Virginia in 2012, and currently serves on the Committees of Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation. Prior to the Senate, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for ten years, and served on the Committees of Commerce and Labor, Education, Privileges and Elections, and Rules. He also served on the Commission on the Medical, Ethical, and Scientific issues relating to Stem Cell Research, Commission on Civics Education, and Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
Prior to being elected as a member of the House of Delegates, Alexander served as Vice-Chairman of Norfolk’s Planning Commission, member of Norfolk’s Economic Development Authority, member of Norfolk’s Human Service Commission, and member of the Commission for the study of the popular election of the office of Mayor for the City of Norfolk.
Alexander holds a Master of Arts Degree from Norwich University, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University, and an Associate Degree in Applied Science from John Tyler Community College. He is also a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, Fellow of the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership, and Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments.