Supervisor Benoit Announces New Board Assistant Patricia Cooper
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit today announces that Patricia Cooper, a longtime assistant to former state senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, has joined his staff as a board assistant. Cooper began her assignment today, Monday, June 3.
“Patricia Cooper has a great deal of experience working in our community on the Salton Sea, housing and public safety issues and legislation,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I welcome her aboard my team and look forward to the service she will provide to Coachella and Palo Verde Valley residents.”
Cooper served as Ducheny’s legislative field representative through her entire tenure in the State Senate, 2003 to 2010. In that position, she was Ducheny’s lead staff person on Salton Sea issues as well as the Enterprise Zone, tribal gaming, common interest developments and worker’s compensation. She worked in Riverside and Imperial counties to develop local support for the senator’s legislation and coordinated frequent town hall events, budget roundtables and Senate committee hearings in the district.
Born in Blythe and raised in Indio, Cooper worked for 22 years in the private sector as a manager in retail department stores. Long active in local campaigns and politics, she has served as a board member for the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition and as a state delegate for the National Organization for Women and board member of their Palm Springs chapter.
Additionally, Cooper worked as Riverside County regional director for Assembly Speaker Willie Brown’s voter registration project from 1993 to 1994. She has been married to Paul Slama for 26 years.