|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 8th district
December 3, 2012
|Preceded by||new district|
|City Councilmember of Rancho Cordova, California|
March 7, 1955 |
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Residence||Rancho Cordova, California|
Ken William Cooley (born March 7, 1955) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 8th district, encompassing most of eastern Sacramento County. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a Rancho Cordova city councilman and mayor.
Born in Berkeley and raised in San Lorenzo, Hayward, and San Jose, Cooley graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977 and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1984. From 1977 to 1985, Cooley was chief of staff to Assemblymember Louis J. Papan. From 1985 to 1988, Cooley was legislative counsel at the California Land Title Association. In 1988, Cooley returned to the California State Assembly to be chief counsel to the Finance and Insurance Committee. Cooley was legal counsel to State Farm Insurance from 1991 to 2008.