Kenneth Cooper Alexander, president of the family-owned Metropolitan Funeral Service, is a Norfolk native who has earned several appointed and elected public positions during his public service career, which began more than two decades ago.

Alexander was sworn in to the Senate of Virginia in 2012 and represented the 89th House of Delegates District from 2002 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Senate committees on Commerce and Labor, Finance, Transportation, and Privileges and Elections. Alexander also serves on the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, the High Speed Rail Compact Commission for Virginia and North Carolina, the Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close State Training Centers and the Joint Commission on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education. In the House, he was a member of the committees on Commerce and Labor, Education, Privileges and Elections, and Rules.

Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, Alexander was a member of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority, Planning Commission (vice chair), Human Services Commission and the blue ribbon commission that studied direct election of the mayor. He is a member of the Greater Norfolk Corp. and the Norfolk Chapter of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association and an alumni of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Alexander began his service to the community as president of Berkley’s Beacon Light Civic League and Beacon Light Community Development Corp.

A 1985 graduate of Lake Taylor High School, Alexander was honored on Oct. 28, 2015 at the Norfolk Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University, the oldest, private military college in the country. He is currently working on his doctorate in leadership and change through a hybrid program with Antioch University.

Alexander and his wife, Donna Burnley Alexander, have two school-aged children, Kenneth II and David.