(Austin, Texas) – This week, Former Texas State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21. Sen. Barrientos released the following statement:


“I am pleased to endorse Joseph Kopser for TX-21. As the 21st District becomes competitive for the first time in 40 years, Joseph is working to meet voters where they are and continue the fight to create a level playing field for jobs, education, and opportunity for all Texans. He not only represents the best chance to flip this seat but, more importantly, he will serve the people of TX-21 and not the special interests who’ve controlled the seat for decades.


“I am particularly excited to support Joseph, a 20-year Army veteran who served twice in Iraq, because of the history of military service in my family and in TX-21.”


Joseph Kopser added:


“I am honored and humbled to have the support of Senator Barrientos. He has been a fierce advocate for the people of Central Texas, and his ongoing work ensures that every voice has a place at the table. His guidance will strengthen our campaign’s commitment to ensure all citizens of TX-21 are represented in this campaign and in Washington.”


This endorsement adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress, including Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, Jason Kander, Khizr Khan, LEAP Forward, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, New Politics the Texas Lone Star Project, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Austin Tejano Democrats. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.



Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos represented District 14 in the Texas Senate from 1985-2007, serving Travis County. He formerly served in the Texas House, representing Austin from 1975-1985. Throughout his career, Sen. Barrientos has been a powerful voice for equality and a strong force against corruption. His advocacy for teachers, workers, and environmental causes has earned him the nickname “the people’s senator.”


Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, and father of three daughters running in the Democratic Primary for TX-21. His candidacy is driven by concern for the future of our country and the path Washington leadership is taking. He is building a new coalition of voters who believe the values, priorities, and expectations of Texas’ 21st congressional district will serve as a model of service and representation for Texas and the United States.