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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May 4, 2017

Left behind

Friend --

Moments ago, Congressman Lamar Smith voted to pass TrumpCare and to leave people across our country, and right here in Texas, vulnerable to soaring healthcare costs and declining coverage.

While Congressman Smith continues to ignore and deny the facts, the people of Texas' 21st cannot afford to. According to the latest CBO score, this bill has the potential to leave 54,700 Central Texans, including 6,100 children, without healthcare. The final numbers could be even worse.  

This is unacceptable. We need a representative in Congress who looks out for our interests, not someone who blindly follows the partisan agenda of our President. Join the fight today – write an endorsement on Crowdpac.

Congressman Smith and House Republicans voted for this bill without requesting or reviewing an impact and cost analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. 
 
If this healthcare bill becomes law, the effects would be devastating. Insurance companies will be allowed to jack up rates on those who can least afford it and effectively charge women more than men. An age tax will be implemented on older Central Texans, ages 50-64, who would have to pay up to 5x more in insurance premiums. Citizens with pre-existing conditions will be left behind and once again denied coverage.

Congressman Smith’s support of this healthcare bill is yet another shameful disconnect from our Texan values.

Thank you for supporting new leadership in Texas. Together we can defeat Lamar Smith in 2018. Encourage other people to support my campaign by writing an endorsement on Crowdpac today.

Thank you,

JK

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  • endorsed

    “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.”

  • endorsed

    “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.”