Honoring Willie Cooper’s Career of Serviceby Former Representative Vance M. McAllister
Posted on 2014-01-08
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mr. McALLISTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the impressive
career of service of Willie F. Cooper. Not long ago, Willie marked 40
years of serving as the State Executive Director of the Louisiana Farm
Service Agency and now has a total of over 56 years of work with USDA.
Willie began his career with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) while he was still in college and began working his way up the ranks until he was eventually appointed the State Executive Director in April 1972, a role he has held ever since. During his career, Willie has distinguished himself by working tirelessly for the farmers of the state of Louisiana while remaining the approachable family man inherent in his humble roots. These attributes have led him to be named ``Progressive Farmers' Man of the Year'' and to be honored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation with their Distinguished Service Award.
As impressive as his career has been, his service to his community and his dedication to his family has been equally as impressive. He is an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, a member of the MacArthur Drive Lions Club, and holds a lifetime membership in the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children.
So, please join me in recognizing and honoring this great civil servant. His life and career should serve as an inspiration to all who seek to better their community and state.