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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April 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This week, President Trump and the Republican Congress repealed online privacy protections that would have required internet service providers to obtain permission from customers before sharing browsing and app usage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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    “He’s smart, got the right answers. I think he’s the real deal. I want to see him run again. Everyone’s talking about Beto. I like Beto - but Kopser gets it.”

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  • endorsed

    “He believes in science.”

  • endorsed

    “He is SMART and CAPABLE to deal with CLIMATE CHANGE! Better Dead than Red in November 2018!!”

  • endorsed

    “I am endorsing Joseph Kopser for a couple of reasons. As an individual who believes in assisting others in reaching their potential by removing barriers on their journey in following their passion, Joseph Kopser is a man for others. Secondly, though not a supporter of the Blue Wave, I am a supporter of the Joseph Wave - A Difference Maker/Leader”

  • endorsed

    “Joseph is just right for our District.”

  • endorsed

    “I met Joeseph in Boston last Summer and was impressed with his intelligence, enthusiasm but mostly his knowledge and understanding of the most pressing, current issues facing the country. More impressive, he knows the importance of bipartisanship! A new and exciting face in the Democratic Party.”

  • endorsed

    “He is a true progressive”

  • 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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