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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    “A reasonable centrist approach must be supported. Let there be a party of the center as the 2 parties we have do not represent the vast majority of us. Stop the hyper-partisanship.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

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

  • Virginia Hawes endorsed

  • Davante Hernandez endorsed

    “He is a true progressive”

  • Julian Strachan endorsed

  • Claude Bruell endorsed

    “A reasonable centrist approach must be supported. Let there be a party of the center as the 2 parties we have do not represent the vast majority of us. Stop the hyper-partisanship.”

  • Rebecca Leas endorsed

  • Monica Russo endorsed

  • stevie wonder endorsed

  • 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

  • Marc Conselman endorsed

  • Robert Pyburn endorsed

  • connor doherty endorsed

  • 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

  • David Waldman endorsed

  • 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

  • Margaret Prechel endorsed

  • 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”