Libby Coker

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Libby Coker

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Corangamite
Assumed office
18 May 2019
Preceded bySarah Henderson
Personal details
Political partyLabor
ResidenceAireys Inlet, Victoria
Alma mater

Elizabeth Ann Coker is an Australian politician, who represents the electorate of Corangamite in the Australian Parliament. Before her election to federal parliament, she was a councillor at Surf Coast Shire, representing the Anglesea Ward, and served twice as mayor.[1]

Early life[edit]

Coker was a teacher and journalist before entering politics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of New England), a Diploma of Education (Monash University) and a Bachelor of Letters (Deakin University).[2]


Coker was first elected to the Surf Coast Shire council in 2008, for the Anglesea ward.[3] She served as mayor between 2009 and 2010, and again from 2012 to 2013. She was in her third term on the council, after being re-elected in 2016.

Looking back on her time at Surf Coast, Coker said she was proud to have served on a council that supported marriage equality, welcomed refugees into the community and introduced measures to take action on climate change.[4]

“One of my proudest achievements at the shire was introducing 10 days of family violence leave – something that has now been embraced at other levels of government and is crucial in helping women and men get through very difficult times and still hold down a job," Coker said.

She won the ultra-marginal seat of Corangamite at the 2019 Australian federal election, defeating Liberal incumbent Sarah Henderson.[5] Coker had unsuccessfully contested the seat at the 2016 Australian federal election.[6]


  1. ^ "Cr Libby Coker". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Libby Coker". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Cr Libby Coker". Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ Reed, Olivia. "Corangamite MP Libby Coker vacates position on Surf Coast Shire Council". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "It's Over: Henderson Finally Concedes to Coker". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Federal Election 2016: Libby Coker concedes Coranga-fight to Sarah Henderson". Geelong Advertiser. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Sarah Henderson
Member for Corangamite