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
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLabor
ResidenceAireys Inlet, Victoria
Alma mater
Profession
Websitehttps://libbycoker.com.au

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]

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cr Libby Coker". surfcoast.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Libby Coker". alp.org.au. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Cr Libby Coker". surfcoast.vic.gov.au. 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
2019–present
Incumbent