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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  • Brad Sundin endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser is the perfect candidate to beat Lamar Smith and represent District 21: highly educated, military experience, business experience, open-minded, and forward thinking.”

  • Hartmut Lau endorsed

    “I am a District 21 constituent and we need a new representative. Smith does not represent my positions and does not respond to communications. I also went through West Point, the Kennedy School and an Army career - and thus think there is a solid basis for supporting this man.”

  • ronald c chapman endorsed

    “Congress is brain-dead to science or logic.”

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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  • Brad Sundin endorsed

    “Joseph Kopser is the perfect candidate to beat Lamar Smith and represent District 21: highly educated, military experience, business experience, open-minded, and forward thinking.”

  • Bobbie Berenson endorsed

  • patrick a. callahan endorsed

  • James Huning endorsed

  • Hartmut Lau endorsed

    “I am a District 21 constituent and we need a new representative. Smith does not represent my positions and does not respond to communications. I also went through West Point, the Kennedy School and an Army career - and thus think there is a solid basis for supporting this man.”

  • ronald c chapman endorsed

    “Congress is brain-dead to science or logic.”

  • russ howell endorsed

    “He is a soldier and supports rational data driven decision making. Hopefully he will inject rationality into the toxic mess of our political system and will ensure our military is used as a last resort rather than just another tool in the tool box. RH USMA'71”

  • Gregory Murphy endorsed

    “Military background, scientist, father and husband. From the first 30 seconds I heard him on PBS, I thought he should be the future of the Democratic Party.”

  • Robert Foxworth endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because we need intelligence and life experience in our leadership if we are to have a future.”

  • Sharon E Walther endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph Kopser because I saw a segment on PBS Newshour. He seems to be a rational, thinking candidate not locked into a dying dogma like Lamar Smith. We need someone who understands science.”

  • Evelyn Hiatt endorsed

    “Enough is enough. Lamar Smith may be a lovely person, but he became our representative because of a gerrymandered redistributing plan. I can think of nothing he has done for this district.”

  • Patrick Darga endorsed

  • Pamala Nelson endorsed

    “I am in Lamar Smith's district after the GOP gerrymandered Lloyd Doggett. I will support Mr. Kopser 100% if he chooses to run. I am active in Hays County Democrats..will call and block walk for a candidate that supports my values.”

  • leroy gruber endorsed

    “Mr. Kopser understands science. Lamar Smith is an ignorant unscientific leach on America. Mr. Kopser will move us forward. Raise money and knock out Lamars evil intimidating anti science agenda!”

  • Cedric Hulin endorsed

  • Christie Dunblazier endorsed

  • Anne Alexander endorsed

  • Karyn Scott endorsed

  • David Nuscher endorsed

  • Mary Elizabeth Pratt endorsed

    “We need more congresspeople with scientific expertise and an appreciation of empirical knowledge!”

  • dana ivers endorsed

    “climate/planet survival is ultimate challenge for 21st century”

  • Stephen Hamilton endorsed

    “Joseph is and honest and proven leader and not a "politician." He has his ear to the ground and knows that our country needs disruptive change.”

  • Charles Dicks endorsed

    “Joseph is just the kind of leader we need in Washington. Rationale, smart, and wise, with energy to spare. I've had the pleasure of working with him in the past, and hold him in the highest regard. He is a service-minded gentleman of high integrity, who goes where the data leads him. We should all feel lucky that he's applying his considerable talent to the realm of public service.”

  • Locke Berkebile endorsed

    “Representative Smith has backed a series of disastrous policies. It is time for change.”

  • Margaret Land endorsed

    “we desperately need new leadership who understands facts and science.”

  • t globash endorsed

    “I have known Joseph my entire life. I do not anyone !! more able to do the job of representing any area. I believe he will work very hard as this is something he has always done no matter what the job has been !!”

  • Ruben Cantu endorsed

    “I endorse Joseph because he understands the balance between government, private industry and the role of the individual to help advance our democracy towards one the respects each voice and honors the dignity of the office.”

  • Ryan Barcza endorsed

  • Eric Burleson endorsed

    “I support Joseph Kopser because he's a non-partisan thinker who is committed to both economic growth and solid, effective measures in governance. His leadership record speaks for itself.”

  • Thomas Spear endorsed

    “Joseph has the education and real life experience to make a difference in this rapidly changing Texas economy. There is no quit in him.”

  • 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