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 a Democrat challenging Rep. Lamar Smith in Texas' 21st Congressional District. Your donation 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 am also a member of 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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  • Chris hane endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he is an entrepreneur, a West Point grad and he believes in science.”

  • Joseph Booth endorsed

    “Joseph thinks critically and acts unselfishly...exactly the type of leader we need in DC.”

  • Bradley Burnett endorsed

    “Because hes an Army veteran that has grown a $1 million business.”

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.


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

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  • Scott C Craig endorsed

  • Chris hane endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he is an entrepreneur, a West Point grad and he believes in science.”

  • Yvonne Beatty endorsed

  • Joseph Booth endorsed

    “Joseph thinks critically and acts unselfishly...exactly the type of leader we need in DC.”

  • Bradley Burnett endorsed

    “Because hes an Army veteran that has grown a $1 million business.”

  • Joyce Finley endorsed

  • Srinath Alamela endorsed

    “Climate change is the single largest existential threat. We need new and young progressive and pragmatic leadership”

  • Carolyn Moreland endorsed

    “A change is needed & deniers removed from office. Texas is overdue for better representation.”

  • bernard zemsky endorsed

    “we need to bring some intelligence to the Congress. Ignorance does not move us forward.”

  • Marc Conselman endorsed

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  • Kallie Keith-Agaran endorsed

    “My family home was in the 21st District. His common sense, fact-based approach and success in his many endeavors make him the right kind of guy to help build a positive future for the 21st Disrict, Texas and our nation.”

  • Eric Madar endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because we need more voices of reason in Congress, and Lamar Smith has proven that he is not that voice.”

  • Amy Levine Murray endorsed

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  • Martin Spalding endorsed

    “We need voices in government who represent science and the beliefs of the American people.”

  • Steven Boyer endorsed

    “I support Joe Kooser because we need more scientists in congress. Knowledge should be an asset, and education not looked upon as undesirable.”

  • Lena Wolff endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he believes in science and cares about the environment.”

  • Miriam Miller endorsed

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  • Traci Kurtzer endorsed

    “We need people who believe in science and will look to greater good for this earth and for future generations when making decisions in Congress. Climate change deniers are not functioning in reality and are a danger to our world's stability and health- they must be kicked out of office for their transgressions against humanity. From a Mom and MD”

  • Stephen Sather endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser is a veteran and a scientist. He would serve the 21st district better than the science-denying career politician who currently occupies the seat.”

  • Betsy Rubinstein endorsed

    “I'm hoping that he can defeat Lamar Smith and bring a more intelligent and thoughtful voice to represent Texas in the House.”

  • Suzanne Roquemore endorsed

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  • Wendy Bowers-Gachesa endorsed

    “As a college instructor, I know the way forward is through a well educated workforce. Joseph Kopser supports strong education/business links that will benefit the local population. He also takes climate change seriously, unlike Lamar the luddite. The future is now and I support Joseph Kopser!”

  • Bob Bogardus endorsed

    “Time to take our country back and stop trying to beg our reps to do the right thing.”

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  • 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

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  • 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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