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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  • Isaac Greenberg endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he helped me with my most challenging times as a cadet by mentoring me, giving me guidance on life and how to be an officer in the US Army. It would be an honor to see LTC Kopser represent our nation as one of our Congressmen.”

  • Bert Haskell endorsed

    “There are many self proclaimed "Thought Leaders". Joseph turns thoughts into action!”

  • barbary brunner endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser is already a great thought leader and business leader here in Texas as well as Nationally. He is one of our best and brightest, as well as a kind, decent and ethical man. I can't think of a person more prepared, skilled and qualified to represent us in Congress.”

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!

  • Isaac Greenberg endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he helped me with my most challenging times as a cadet by mentoring me, giving me guidance on life and how to be an officer in the US Army. It would be an honor to see LTC Kopser represent our nation as one of our Congressmen.”

  • Ronda englander endorsed

  • Bert Haskell endorsed

    “There are many self proclaimed "Thought Leaders". Joseph turns thoughts into action!”

  • barbary brunner endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser is already a great thought leader and business leader here in Texas as well as Nationally. He is one of our best and brightest, as well as a kind, decent and ethical man. I can't think of a person more prepared, skilled and qualified to represent us in Congress.”

  • Tarun endorsed

  • tamara endorsed

  • David Altounian endorsed

    “Joseph has been a leader in the Austin tech community and has made a direct impact in the lives of many people with his support of important initiatives around transportation, technology entrepreneurship, and veteran affairs. He is a community leader by his actions not by his words.”

  • Chris Palmisano endorsed

    “Joseph is a community leader with vision for the future and the skills to actually get us there. He has my full endorsement.”

  • Lane endorsed

  • Caroline Tang endorsed

  • Matt Glazer endorsed

    “Joseph is an innovator, leader, veteran, and passionate visionary. He is exactly what we need in Washington.”

  • Rudy Klecka endorsed

    “I support Joseph because, as an engineer myself, I believe we need science based and reality based thinking in Washington. With Joseph's background as an Engineer combined with his proven entrepreneurial talent - we could not ask for a better candidate!”

  • Ariel Kayne endorsed

    “Joseph has a propensity to push himself above and beyond for the benefit of others. I'd be thrilled for Texas if he chooses to run.”

  • Gabe Klein endorsed

    “He's a smart, solid guy who understands government, business, and people. I would also trust him with the responsibility to speak up, and take care of the only planet we have.”

  • Karl Miller endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because he's a man of integrity and a true leader who inspires others and gets things done.”

  • Rachel Charlesworth endorsed

  • Helga Diaz endorsed

  • Eva Esquivel Perez endorsed

    “So far so good on your message. I am a constituent in San Antonio. Hopefully you will have a good presence here.”

  • Bret Kadison endorsed

  • Kenneth M. Coleman endorsed

    “I have known Joseph Kopser since he was a high school student. He has been a leader for his whole life: high school, West Point, the military, serial and successful entrepreneur. He will be the kind of thoughtful congressperson that the country deserves.”

  • Douglas Bush endorsed

    “Joseph is a great person and a proven leader in the military and business world with the smarts and toughness to get things done in Congress.”

  • GLENN TOWERY endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser supports Texas veterans and their right to get well. I think he will be a great Congressman.”

  • Joe Sanchez endorsed

  • David Weekly endorsed

    “Bright & hardworking entrepreneur.”

  • Kip P Nygren endorsed

  • Ryan Thies endorsed

  • Bret Boyd endorsed

  • David C. King endorsed

  • Kim Eklund endorsed

    “I had the pleasure of working with Joseph and I can testify he sees the overwhelming need for environmental protections and how reform needed to happen YESTERDAY. We need his leadership to drive us into the new age and put our faith into science, logic, and supporting our veterans instead of just TALKING about it for the self pat-on-the-back.”

  • Dan and Tootie Kennedy endorsed

    “My wife and I have known Joseph since he was born. Growing up, he was always clearly a leader interested in helping others. He is tremendously intelligent, articulate, and a dynamic public speaker. Our country needs Joseph Kopser in Congress now!”

  • 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

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  • Brad Hodges endorsed

  • Betsy Wunderlick Gruy endorsed