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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June 8, 2017

The Wrong CHOICE

While James Comey’s testimony stole national attention, Lamar Smith and House Republicans took advantage of the opportunity to pass legislation allowing Wall Street to return to the predatory practices that caused the 2008 financial crisis.

The Financial CHOICE Act would allow Congress to defund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and President Trump would have the power to fire the director of the CFPB and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for no reason at all.

It represents a significant step toward another financial catastrophe, and Speaker Paul Ryan described the Financial CHOICE Act as the “crown jewel” of the effort to undo protections for ordinary Americans. Lamar Smith supports it, too.

Can you help us meet our $100,000 goal on Crowdpac today to defeat Rep. Lamar Smith in 2018?

Rep. Lamar Smith voted for the CHOICE Act because he is in Wall Street’s pocket, not because it’s the right thing to do for the families of TX-21.

I’m running to represent the people of Central Texas. And my campaign is backed by grassroots supporters like you.

We are $10,210 from reaching our $100,000 goal on Crowdpac. Please help us reach this major campaign milestone by chipping in today.


Thank you,

Joseph

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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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    “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.”