Brad Copas is a patriot not a politician. He has dedicated the past 23 years to serving his country and will continue to do so if elected to represent the state of Kentucky in the United States senate.
Brad knows both Kentucky and the hard working people who make up this great state, having grown up in Tompkinsville and Frankfort and gone on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Brad served in the United States Army as an Infantryman for seven years beginning in 1990. During his tour of duty, he participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His accolades included recognition as the 187th Infantry Brigade Soldier of the year and the 101st Airborne Division’s Soldier of the month. Three years were spent in service in Washington D.C. as part of the prestigious ceremonial unit, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (the Old Guard). During this time, he gained valuable insight into government operations, including a tenure as the non-commissioned officer in charge of Pentagon tours.
After wrapping us his military service, Brad returned to his home state of Kentucky and started two small businesses which gave him an important perspective on the many challenges facing small business owners in the United States today. Two years later, he sold the businesses to finish up his degree at Western.
As a member of the Kentucky National Guard, Brad was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Field Artillery and deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as a platoon leader while his unit conducted convoy security and patrol missions.
Brad returned home to Kentucky with a renewed sense of pride in his fellow soldiers. Witnessing the great bravery and sacrifices of Kentucky soldiers under hostile fire had given him an unshakeable faith in the people of this state and nation.
Returning to work for the Kentucky National Guard, Brad served in operations and then as the director of the Partnership Program with Ecuador. He went on to assist at the U.S. Embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Quito, Ecuador. Most recently, he completed more than two years with U.S. Army Africa where he traveled to nearly a dozen African countries to conduct events, coordinating with Department of State diplomats as well as host nation military officials. Brad’s experiences with international government relations helped him better understand what political changes we need to make at home to continue to be a world leader abroad.
Brad has seen firsthand the profound sacrifice of brave Kentuckians and their families over the past 23 years to serve their country. It is this knowledge that propels him forward and solidifies his commitment to promoting K.E.N.T.U.C.K.Y and the values of its people.
Brad’s family includes his wife Sara, and two daughters, 9-year-old, Alexis, and 17-year-old, April. The Copas family currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky.