Why you should support Joseph Kopser

It’s time for new leadership in Texas. Rep. Lamar Smith has represented Texas since 1986 and built a reputation as Congress’s most persistent climate change denier – a fact that is even more disturbing considering he is the Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rep. Smith doesn’t believe in facts, and he doesn’t want them reported. Instead, he believes it’s “better to get your news directly from the President. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.” We can do better.

I am now seriously considering challenging Rep. Lamar Smith as a Democrat in Texas' 21st Congressional District. Please pledge to donate here. It will only be charged should I decide to run. Your pledge will help send a powerful signal that a people-powered campaign can defeat one of the most anti-science politicians in Congress.

I want to help move this country forward, which means supporting science and business while taking climate change seriously. I have the experience to do it. In 2013, I was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for my efforts in Energy and Transportation.

I served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. I graduated from West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002.

I’m currently the President of Grayline, where we work to bring together experts, data and solutions to help companies and public institutions manage disruptive change. Before joining Grayline, I was the Co-Founder and CEO of a Texas-based technology company that enabled seamless multimodal experiences and connected transit commerce to app users worldwide.

In my free time, I work closely with The Bunker Austin, an organization dedicated to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. I co-founded 60x30Works to improve education and workforce training in Texas to build the new economy. In addition, I volunteer as Chairman of NSTXL working to improve U.S. Energy Security policy. I recently joined the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Association of Business.

I live in Austin with my wife and three daughters.

Learn more about me by visiting my website.


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  • Felicity Maxwell endorsed

    “Joseph is a community leader, innovator and would be a fantastic representative of our district in Washington DC”

  • Ira Rush endorsed

    “It time for new leadership.”

  • Kari Bautsch Hernandez endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because he's an honest, effective, and inspiring leader - and we desperately need new leadership in this district!”

Mar 18 2017

We've met our goal of $50K!

On March 14th, Buzzfeed highlighted my interest in running for Congress against Rep. Lamar Smith.

After just 24 hours of launching this Crowdpac, we hit $25K in pledged donations. In 72 hours, we've doubled that to $50K!

Your enthusiasm for new leadership in Texas has been overwhelming. I am grateful to have your support as we establish the next steps of this critical change for District 21. Stay tuned for updates in the following weeks.

Thanks,

JK

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Mar 16 2017

Thank you for helping me raise my first $25,000

In just 24 hours, we have surpassed our first fundraising goal and raised over $27,000! I am incredibly thankful for your support as we work to get this grassroots campaign off the ground.

I'm increasing our goal to $50,000 - please help us keep the momentum going. With a pledge to donate today, we can put the pressure on Rep. Lamar Smith and send a powerful message that Texas education matters, connected communities make a difference, and Rep. Smith's anti-science rhetoric will no longer be tolerated.

Can you reach out to five colleagues and ask them to pledge their support today?

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JK

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Mar 13 2017

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  • mary ann hotaling endorsed

  • Felicity Maxwell endorsed

    “Joseph is a community leader, innovator and would be a fantastic representative of our district in Washington DC”

  • Ira Rush endorsed

    “It time for new leadership.”

  • Dr. James V. Clark endorsed

  • Kari Bautsch Hernandez endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because he's an honest, effective, and inspiring leader - and we desperately need new leadership in this district!”

  • Craig Isakow endorsed

  • Jennifer Kopser endorsed

  • Jodi Mixon endorsed

    “I support and endorse Joseph Kopser. He is an authentic leader and mentor and shares knowledge and experience with disruptive changes to principles of business.”

  • Joseph Strada endorsed

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  • Dana Pittard endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he is a proven leader in both peace and war. I have known him for nearly 20 years. He is a leader who can successfully and innovatively get any job done. As a fellow Texan, I would be proud to have him as our representative. MG(R) Dana J.H. Pittard”

  • Christopher Darmanin endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because facts matter and science is real.”

  • Jennifer Houlihan endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because I believe in science.”

  • Jarrett Blanc endorsed

    “He is one of the finest officers I ever met over many years in war zones. He is exactly what we need in Congress -- that would be true any time, and it is especially true in these dangerous times.”

  • Jason Dimitriou endorsed

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  • Robert May endorsed

    “Texas needs a new direction and so does Congress.”

  • lisa graf endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph kopser because we need people in congress that work for ALL the people not just those who represent their own bigoted, ignorant viewpoints. The constitution is clear but many of our representatives are twisting its meaning in such a way that is putting our freedoms at serious risk.”

  • Elizabeth Beck endorsed

  • Robert Keohane endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kropser because Professor Robert Putnam of Harvard, who knows him well, endorsed him.”

  • Joshua McClure endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because he is truly service oriented. Duty, honor, country.”

  • Robert Kopser endorsed

    “I've known Joseph for years and he has always followed through on everything he does.”

  • Phil Dillard endorsed

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  • Matthew OHayer endorsed

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  • Shakeel Rashed endorsed

    “His work for the veterans has been a tremendous public service”

  • Averytt Dahlquist endorsed

  • Damon Scott Burton endorsed

    “Joseph is exactly the type of person I am thinking about when I hear myself complain, "why don't any really great natural leaders, with awesome backgrounds, high integrity, and proven success working with others run for office these days?" Joseph is all that. And the icing on this sweet cake is that he is choosing to run in a district so sorely in need of a new representative.”

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