(New Braunfels, Texas) – Today, Kathleen Tobin Krueger, former New Braunfels City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem, endorsed Joseph Kopser in the Democratic runoff for the 21st Congressional District. Kathleen Krueger released the following statement:


“There could not be more at stake in this election. TX-21 has grown exponentially over the last 30 years, and it’s critical that our first new Representative in the 21st Century be able to lead the conversation on growth, inclusion, school safety and gun violence, the environment, education, and health care. Joseph has been a consistent leader on these issues and his commitment to working for every part–and every citizen–of the 21st District is exactly what we need in Congress.”


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In response to the endorsement, Joseph Kopser said:

“Kathleen Krueger personifies the spirit of TX-21 and this campaign. Her commitment to public service–in New Braunfels, the Hill Country, the state of Texas, Washington, DC, and around the world–has established a new standard in strengthening and engaging community during times of great change. That commitment is more necessary now than ever. Her resolve that values, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of politics and policy reflects the expectations of TX-21 voters, and I will work tirelessly to fulfill those expectations.”

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leaders supporting Joseph Kopser, including Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Donna Howard, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters of Kopser for Congress including Austin Central Labor Council, Texas AFL-CIO, Circle C Area Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, South Austin Democrats, Austin Tejano Democrats, West Austin Democrats, 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, and the Texas Lone Star Project. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.



Kathleen Tobin Krueger was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised from age 11 on her family’s ranch in Bandera County, which remains in operation today. In 1980, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English Literature and Journalism. After working as a Legislative Assistant in the Washington office of Congressman Sam B. Hall, Jr., she returned to Texas to work at Gill Savings Association and T Bar M Tennis Ranch. In 1983, she married her husband, former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, the last Democrat to represent TX-21. From 2005 to 2011, Kathleen served on the New Braunfels City Council and served two years as Mayor Pro-tem. During her husband’s years as an American Ambassador in Burundi and Botswana, Kathleen was President of the Diplomatic Women’s Association and worked with Child to Child, Habitat for Humanity, and the Red Cross. Here in Texas, she serves on the board of the Texas Hill Country Alliance and has volunteered and worked with the Children’s Museum, Eden Hill Communities, Hope Hospice Foundation, Volunteers in Medicine, the New Braunfels MLK, Jr. Association, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and many more.


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.