Candidate for US Congress, Texas' 21st District
- A West Point trained Aerospace Engineer, Joseph Kopser served in the US Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and the Bronze Star.
- After his military service, Kopser founded a tech company in Austin that helped make commutes easier and cut down on carbon emissions. After his company was acquired by a Fortune 100 company, Kopser continued to assist other entrepreneurs and was the co-founder of the National Security Technology Accelerator which works to improve US Energy Security policy.
- Kopser was also honored as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in energy and conservation. After seeing his local Representative Lamar Smith’s disastrous overreach and assault on climate science at the helm of the House Science Committee, Joseph decided to step up and challenge him for Congress in 2018.
- Kopser is running against science’s public enemy number one, House Science Chair Lamar Smith. After accepting more than $700,000 from the oil and gas industry, Smith has subpoenaed more scientists in his three years as chair than in the previous 53 years of the committee's existence. In addition, Smith penned an op-ed praising climate change for adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Smith was also the sponsor of the disastrous Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) before he voted to side with ISP’s to sell browsing data.
- Smith has tried to slash NASA’s budget for earth sciences, subject grant reviews at the National Science Foundation to purely political scrutiny, and has become one of Congress’ most prominent climate change skeptics. In addition, Smith was Donald Trump’s first Congressional donor and has urged all Americans to get their facts directly from Trump.
Having never faced a strong challenge in his 32 years in Congress, Smith received less than 60% of the vote for the first time in his career in 2016 against an underfunded opponent, while Trump underperformed in the state of Texas as a whole and especially in the 21st where he only received 52.5% of the vote. For the first time in his career, Lamar Smith is vulnerable to a strong challenger with a background like Joseph Kopser and he needs your help today.