Kenneth Cooper Alexander was born and reared in the Berkley section of Norfolk, Virginia where he became president of his neighborhood’s civic league and Community Housing and Development Corporation. He is a member and associate minister of his childhood church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and 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 Finance, Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, 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 on 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, 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 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments. He is currently a PhD student in Leadership and Change at Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Alexander is a life-long resident of Hampton Roads and is married to Donna Burnley Alexander. They have two school-aged children, Kenneth II and David.