Hi, I'm Jeff Copeland
HOW IT ALL STARTED
I moved to Grand Prairie when I was 10 years old after my parents divorced. I graduated from South Grand Prairie in 1984 where I served as Student Council President my Senior year. My goal was to be the first person on either side of my family to attend college, but I knew that my parents could not afford to send me. I dedicated myself to football and earned a scholarship to Cisco Junior College and later to the University of North Texas where I earned my BBA in 1989.
WHERE LIFE HAS TAKEN ME
After college I followed my mother into the title insurance industry where I continue to work today. My children grew up in Grand Prairie and my daughter and her family are Grand Prairie residents today, while my son and his family live in Mansfield. I was blessed to be around people who had a heart for service to their community and taught me to feel the same. Many years ago, at the Grand Prairie Women’s Club I was attending their fundraising auction and their auctioneer didn’t show up. They asked me to “wing it” , and that ended up revealing my spiritual gift of being a charity auctioneer, of all things. Jesus took the worst thing about me, which was my tongue and quick wit that had caused damage in my younger life, and made it the best thing about me! Because of this gift, I have helped hundreds of organizations raise millions of dollars to help their causes. Through all of this charity work of helping others whom I’ll never meet, I have learned to fight for those who can't fight for themselves, to be the voice of those without a voice, and the courage and conviction to affect change in my community. These are the cornerstones of my life and I carry them into my service to my community via the City Council.
THE KITCHEN TABLE
The elections that happen closest to your kitchen table often have the biggest impact on it.
That sentence is a driving force behind who I am and why I am here today. Most of the
hardest and most impactful discussions I have had in my life have been over the kitchen table with my family. They know me best, and have helped me grow more than I thought was possible. This is the opportunity I want for all of Grand Prairie. When the citizens feel that their city council is supporting them and allowing them the opportunities to grow and thrive,
the household is able to grow.