Representative Linda Cooper-Suggs was born in Sampson County, where her parents taught her that “hard work does pay off” and strong religious values. She attended North Carolina A&T State University before heading to East Carolina University to get her master’s degree in Home Economics (later named Family and Consumer Science). Representative Cooper-Suggs then went on to teach public school for the next 30 years and became a National Board-Certified Teacher before retiring in 2007. She was actively involved in Wilson County politics, her church, her sorority, and other community groups before being appointed to the House of Representatives in the summer of 2020. Representative Cooper-Suggs is the proud mother of two adult children, Aaron and Paislei, and the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren, Aiden and Kashdan.