FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2017
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress in Texas’ 21st District
Kopser, a West Point Trained Aerospace Engineer and Tech Entrepreneur Is Running Against Science’s Public Enemy Number 1, Rep. Lamar Smith
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, 314 Action announced its endorsement of Joseph Kopser, who is running for Congress against Lamar Smith in TX-21. 314 Action is the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office.
Kopser released the following statement:
"I am proud to accept the endorsement of 314 Action. Their mission to bring STEM programs to the public has been a core part of my life's work. With a renewed focus on critical issues like climate change, health care, workforce displacement, and innovation, electing more STEM candidates to Congress is key to a safe and secure future for all Americans.
"I look forward to working with 314 Action to run a campaign that promotes the notion that science is real, prioritizes STEM leadership in Congress, and works to ensure that TX-21 leads the nation in new economy jobs and opportunity."
Founder and Board President of 314 Action Shaughnessy Naughton released the following statement:
“314 Action is thrilled to support Joseph Kopser for Congress. As an aerospace engineer and veteran, Joseph is undoubtedly the candidate best-suited to take on Lamar Smith next November. His experience as a successful entrepreneur in the tech industry presents a stark contrast to climate denialist Lamar Smith, who has made it his mission to gut scientific research and harass scientists who pursue and promote the facts.”
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.
314 Action has also endorsed challengers Hans Keirstead (CA-48) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), as well as incumbents Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Louise Slaughter (NY-25).
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 225,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org