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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  • 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.”

  • Robert Keohane endorsed

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

Apr 23 2017

March for Science

Yesterday, tens of thousands of protesters filled Austin, San Antonio, Washington D.C. and other cities around the world to march for science on Earth Day. After the march, PBS News aired a story on scientists considering running for office which featured my potential campaign against Rep. Lamar Smith in TX-21.

You can watch the interview on my Crowdpac homepage. Please, share with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you,
JK

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Apr 17 2017

Another milestone

With your generous support, we are now the #2 Democratic campaign on Crowdpac with almost $85,000 in pledged donations from over 480 contributors.
 
Thank you. Your support for new leadership in Texas is proving that Rep. Lamar Smith can be defeated in 2018.
 
Let’s keep it up – please share our campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Thank you,
JK

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Apr 6 2017

You've been hacked

This week, President Trump and the Republican Congress repealed online privacy protections that would have required internet service providers to obtain permission from customers before sharing browsing and app usage histories.

This hack will allow cable and telephone companies to sift through and sell your private data to advertisers -- potentially worth billions of dollars in additional revenue.

While Congress investigates hacking of our data by the Russians, why would members of Congress, like Rep. Lamar Smith, sell our data to the highest bidder without our permission? 

If you agree that online privacy and access to a free, unfettered internet are important, please consider pledging an additional $21 or $221 for my potential campaign against Rep. Lamar Smith in TX-21. You will not be charged until I officially declare my candidacy.

Rep. Lamar Smith has always been on the wrong side of the new economy. In 2012, using his power as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he introduced SOPA. This bill was considered the greatest threat to the American online economy ever proposed.

Laws like SOPA are especially dangerous to the Central Texas technology community -- they stifle innovation and the exchange of ideas, hurting our economy. After a global backlash, the bill was pulled and deemed too radical by Republican leadership.

We need a voice in Congress who understands these complicated issues and will fight for a 21st-century economy, not for big cable companies. It's why I am interested in running for Congress. 

With your support, we surpassed our $75K fundraising goal and raised it to $100K. Together we are sending the message that we can and will defeat Rep. Lamar Smith in 2018. Please, pledge to donate today -- even $21 brings us one step closer to new leadership in Texas.

Thank you.

-JK

P.S. Read my entire argument on my latest blog post.

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Mar 30 2017

The EPA, Climate Change and our Economy

Thank you for your continued support as I explore the possibility of running for Congress against Rep. Lamar Smith in Texas' 21st district. We are so close to meeting our newest goal of $75K. Please help us continue the conversation by sharing our Crowdpac with your friends and colleagues.

Rep. Lamar Smith and I differ drastically when it comes to the debate around science, tech, jobs and our climate. Learn more about how I plan to approach these issues in my latest blog post: The EPA, Climate Change and our Economy.

Thanks,

JK

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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?

Thanks,

JK

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Mar 13 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Melissa Haney 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

  • Bethany Ramey Trombley endorsed

  • Matthew OHayer endorsed

  • l. Zeidan endorsed

  • Shakeel Rashed endorsed

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

  • Stephen Bates endorsed

    “I have watched Joseph Kopser lead the Defense Innovation forum over the last several years, and have been impressed with his leadership skills, integrity, and ability to inspire passion for facts and the scientific method of inquiry. This man will serve both his constituents and Americans well in Congress.”

  • Jennifer Long endorsed

  • Micah Bergdale endorsed

  • David B. Parker endorsed

    “Joseph possesses a combination of strategic thinking and military discipline that is so lacking in present members of Congress. He understands, from the perspective of an entrepreneur and former Army officer, the challenges this country faces in transportation, energy/climate change, and military planning, among other issues. Among his virtues is speaking the plain truth and delivering what he promises.”

  • Mike Thompson endorsed

  • Melanie Crotty endorsed

  • Madonna Long endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph because, when we met at a transportation meeting in DC, he understood why transportation opportunities should be addressed for all and those who have disabilities. As a national disability advocate, I know he will be a voice for so many.”

  • Jonathan Coleman endorsed

    “I have known Joseph since junior high school...there's no one better at bringing people together with his infectious sense of enthusiasm. He's what D.C. needs right now!”

  • Liz Coufal endorsed

    “It's about time. So excited to support you all way!”

  • Kathleen Kopser endorsed

    “He is a proven leader who has a passion for making this planet a better place for all citizens as well as future generations.”

  • Andrzej Kujawski endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he has been a great role model both as a person who embodies integrity and as an amazing manger of organizations and information in ways that enable him to find solutions to any challenge with which he has been presented. His publicly stated views are motivated by what he believes to be true, and which withstand his open and constructive discussions with those who hold opposing views.”

  • Betsy Wunderlick Gruy endorsed

  • Matthew Stephens endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because I want a representative that shares my views on science, climate change, social and economic issues, etc.”

  • Josh Atkinson endorsed

    “We need someone who respects science and understands that our economy is undergoing rapid change and people's livelihoods will be displaced by technological innovations and government and business needs to be ready to respond.”

  • Myong Roh endorsed

  • Brian Stanley endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser for his vision to improve our community and his ability to galvanize people to do so.”

  • Lisa Trankar Hansen endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because he is a creative leader that will seek innovative, green solutions for the issues of the day while keeping the best interests of all citizens at heart.”

  • John Luikart endorsed

  • Richard Caldwell endorsed

    “We need new young leadership. A person with a proven track record in business and a commitment to the community.”

  • Glenn W Zubler III endorsed

  • 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.”

  • Arthur Simone endorsed

  • Scott Neaves endorsed

  • bryan endorsed

  • Brad Hodges endorsed

  • Betsy Wunderlick Gruy endorsed