Cooper Richason is a Liberal Arts Transfer student at Western Technical College in La Crosse. He plans to pursue a four-year degree with a major in economics.
Cooper grew up in Trempealeau, Wisconsin and attended Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School where he learned to love education. As a sophomore, Cooper sought to get involved with his local school board, so he proposed a policy to have a student advisor on the Board. The proposal passed and Cooper served two years in that role. During this time, Cooper proposed more policies, resolutions, and guidelines than any other board member. As a senior, he ran for a seat on the board but was defeated by the incumbent.
In 2018, Cooper was appointed Student Government Treasurer at Western before being elected President the following April. In May 2019, Governor Tony Evers appointed him as the Student Member of the WTCS Board.