An American Life.
One of four daughters, Jill Cooper (formerly Nixon) grew up in Plum Borough, where she would go on to graduate from Plum Senior High School. She would later become the first member of her family to attend college, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Grove City College.
Jill began her career with Alcoa in sales, and became Vice President of Sales and Marketing — a position where she was responsible for more than $80 million in domestic and international sales per year and traveled the world extensively — for an Alcoa subsidiary based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she would meet her future husband, Leighton. They were married in 1999, and moved back to Murrysville in 2005.
Jill retired from Alcoa to raise their two children: Shelby, a senior at Case Western Reserve University, and Blake, a sophomore at Penn State Behrend.
Dedication to Community.
Since returning to Murrysville more than 17 years ago, Jill has become an active and involved member of the community.
Jill's service includes four years as a board member and publicity chair for the Franklin Regional Adult School of Murrysville (2006-2010); an appointment by the Westmoreland County Commission to the Westmoreland and Fayette Workforce Investment Board, where she served on both the education and marketing/government affairs committee from 2012 to 2014; and memberships on the boards of the Murrysville Economic and Community Development Corporation since 2020, and the Murrysville Library since earlier this year.
She has also led two church small groups, two local book clubs, and numerous PTO/school organizations.
Jill and her family are members of Cornerstone Ministries Church in Murrysville.
A Patriotic Fighter.
Jill has also dedicated a great amount of her time and efforts to important causes and advancing commonsense policies that promote freedom and foster economic growth, development, and opportunity in our community and commonwealth.
Her first foray into politics came when she was elected to the Westmoreland County Republican Committee (WCRC) in 2008 as a representative for Murrysville and Export, joining grassroots conservatives in the community and across the county to help advocate for causes like lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.
In 2010, Jill was elected chair of the Murrysville-Export Republican Committee (MERC), and went on to be elected to the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in 2014. She was re-elected to a second term four years later.
During the prolonged lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jill remained a tireless fighter for Pennsylvania's students and small businesses, actively opposing Governor Wolf's seemingly endless closures of schools and so-called "non-essential" businesses and traveling to Harrisburg to fight back against these devastating measures.
for Uncommon Times.
America — and Pennsylvania — are divided.
As a successful businesswoman, involved mom, and active community leader, Jill understands that the many problems faced by Pennsylvanians are not Republican or Democrat in nature; they transcend politics, race, gender, religion, and most other characteristics that many politicians seek to use as tools to divide us.
They affect all of us.
That's why Jill is running for State Representative: To fight for the people of the new 55th District as their voice in Harrisburg, and to restore the Keystone State as a beacon of prosperity for all Pennsylvanians.