Joseph Kopser Statement on Department of Justice Refusal to Protect Health Care for Texans with Pre-Existing Conditions

(Austin, Texas) -- Last night, the Department of Justice announced that, in a Texas lawsuit, it will refuse to defend the constitutionality of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Joseph Kopser, Democratic nominee for Texas’ 21st Congressional District, released the following statement:

 

“This Administration’s attempts to jeopardize coverage for Texans is proof that our health care system is vulnerable. Refusing to guarantee protections for pre-existing conditions will gut coverage for millions of hard-working Americans, including over 328,000 here in TX-21. Instead of supporting those Texans, my opponent would join Ken Paxton to jeopardize care for their families further--even though in 2016 he abused taxpayer money to the tune of thousands of dollars to remain on payroll at a government job he had already left that gave him the health care coverage he needed.

 

“When I retired from the Army, health care is what gave me the freedom to take a risk and found my business with the knowledge that my family would be taken care of. In Congress, I will fight for accessible, affordable health care for all, because everyone deserves the opportunity I had.”

 

Background:

Joseph Kopser is a 20-year Army veteran, technology entrepreneur, father of three daughters, and Democratic nominee for Congress in 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.

 

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ENDORSEMENT: Former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress

FORMER SAN MARCOS MAYOR DANIEL GUERRERO ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER

 

(Austin, Texas) - Today, former San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21. The Kopser campaign released the following statement from Mayor Guerrero:

 

“I am proud to endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress in the 21st District. His background in clean energy, technology, and transportation makes him an ideal candidate to represent the Texas Innovation Corridor connecting San Marcos to Austin and San Antonio. Joseph shares the core values of Hays County and will ably represent us in Congress.”

 

Joseph Kopser added:

 

“I am honored to have Mayor Daniel Guerrero join our growing coalition in TX-21. The partnership of Mayor Guerrero and other regional leaders will allow this district to meet its full potential, and with their support we can leverage tech and education to establish a new hub for innovation along the I-35 corridor and access to those new economy jobs for all citizens of TX-21.”

 

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, Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Commissioner Brigid Shea, 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.

 

Background:

Daniel Guerrero served as Mayor of San Marcos for six years, leaving office in 2016. During his time in office, San Marcos was the fastest growing city in the country for its size. Mayor Guerrero effectively managed that growth and created partnerships within the San Marcos community, while working to protect the environment in Hays County. Previously, he served on the San Marcos City Council from 2004-2008. Guerrero is now a Business Development Consultant with JL Powers and Associates and a Global Business lecturer at Texas State University.

 

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.

 

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ENDORSEMENT: Kathleen Tobin Krueger Endorses Joseph Kopser For Congress

KATHLEEN TOBIN KRUEGER ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(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.”

 

Photo by Jim Flynn

 

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.

 

Background:

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.

 

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Joseph Kopser's Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

JOSEPH KOPSER'S STATEMENT ON U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE IRAN DEAL

 

(Austin, TX) -- In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, Joseph Kopser released the following statement.

 

“The President's unilateral violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) to remove Iran as a nuclear threat is inexcusable and further undermines America’s leadership toward a safer world. Like his decision to violate the Paris climate agreement last year, President Trump’s interest in provocation and political grandstanding over responsible policy erodes the trust and influence America has earned since the end of the Cold War.

 

“President Trump’s violation of the JCPoA gives America’s closest allies every reason to question our credibility, the opponents of peace the power to exploit our lack of resolve, and Iran and other powers the impetus to assail global security through the reemergence of nuclear weapons programs.

 

“Never before has an American President been so removed from the interests of our country. Never before has America so needed its House of Representatives to protect the interest of the American people. Unfortunately, Chip Roy and Matt McCall, the two Republicans running for this seat, have both stated their support for the withdrawal. In their shortsighted loyalty to the President, they continue to show  that they are not qualified to make vital foreign policy decisions.

 

“While the President believes this “negotiating tactic” will protect his party in November, in TX-21 we’ve seen enough of America’s hard earned work for a safer, cleaner world squandered for the sake of short term gain or special interest.”

 

Background:

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.

 


Women for Kopser Hosts Inaugural Meeting

WOMEN FOR KOPSER HOSTS INAUGURAL MEETING

 

(Austin, TX) -- This week Women for Kopser, led by former Texas state Rep. Debra Danburg, hosted its first official meeting. Women for Kopser is a volunteer-organized effort to support Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in the 21st Congressional District. In response to the gathering, Kopser said:

 

“I’m so proud to be supported by this accomplished group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and community builders. I’m particularly grateful to Debra Danburg for opening her home to these leaders, continuing her legacy and empowering their work. Debra’s life work to protect women’s health and create a more open Texas for women and members of the LGBTQ community has created a better life for all of us in the Lone Star state. I have every confidence that TX-21 will benefit from the energy and insight of this group for many years to come.”

 

This week’s gathering will kick off a weekend of action for women in Austin who are united around the goal of electing Joseph Kopser to Congress. The group plans to create opportunities for action across all ten counties that make up the 21st Congressional District.

 

Background:

Women for Kopser is a group of volunteers in TX-21 who are dedicated to electing Joseph Kopser to Congress. They represent a cross section of the district including community leaders, small business owners, and veterans.

 

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.

 

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ICYMI: Kopser For Congress Endorsements Wrap-up

ICYMI: KOPSER FOR CONGRESS ENDORSEMENTS WRAP-UP

 

(Austin, Texas) - Recently, Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in the 21st Congressional District has received several high-profile endorsements and recommendations including former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, the Austin Central Labor Council, the Texas AFL-CIO, Austin Tejano Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Circle C Area Democrats. Judy P. Cortez, first woman President of the Austin Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, released the following statement:

 

“As one of many constituents of Texas 21 who represents labor, I am thrilled that for the first time in a generation this election provides the opportunity to send a candidate that truly represents its citizens to Congress. We know that the Republicans will nominate a candidate beholden to corporate special interests and big GOP money. I could not be more excited to have the community, energy, and dedication of our Austin Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO working hand-in-hand with Joseph Kopser to win this seat.”

 

Most recently, Kopser was endorsed by former Austin-area Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. On why he chose to endorse Kopser, Sen. Barrientos said,

 

“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.”

 

Kopser has also received endorsements from the Austin Tejano Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, and Circle C Area Democrats.

 

These endorsements add 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, and West Austin Democrats. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

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.

 

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ENDORSEMENT: Senator Gonzalo Barrientos Endorses Joseph Kopser For Congress

SENATOR GONZALO BARRIENTOS ENDORSES JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(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.

 

Background:

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.

 

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ENDORSEMENT: Circle C Area Democrats and Austin Tejano Democrats Endorse Joseph Kopser for Congress

ICYMI: CIRCLE C AREA DEMOCRATS AND AUSTIN TEJANO DEMOCRATS

ENDORSE JOSEPH KOPSER FOR CONGRESS

 

(Austin, Texas) - This week, Circle C Area Democrats and the Austin Tejano Democrats endorsed Joseph Kopser’s campaign for Congress in TX-21.

 

Circle C Area Democrats is a Democratic club and state-registered political action committee that supports local Democratic candidates in southwest Travis County. They are dedicated to working for local candidates through volunteering and fundraising as southwest Travis County and Hays County become more electorally competitive.

 

Austin Tejano Democrats seek full representation for Hispanics at every level of the Democratic Party. They endorse local candidates and organize in the community to seek equal representation. In response to the endorsements, Joseph Kopser released the following statement:

 

“With the support of Circle C Area Democrats and Austin Tejano Democrats, we are continuing to build the broad coalition of Democratic voters that we need to succeed in May and flip the 21st District in November. Both organizations represent the critical efforts of Democrats in Travis County and beyond, and their work to energize and organize the voters in this district will be a key component of Democrats’ victories in 2018. I am honored to have Circle C Area Democrats and the Austin Tejano Democrats as part of our team, and I look forward to working with both groups in our mission to restore real leadership to TX-21.”

 

These endorsements 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, and the Texas Lone Star Project. Joseph Kopser has also been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.

 

Background:

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.

 

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ICYMI: Town Hall for Our Lives in TX-21

TOWN HALL FOR OUR LIVES IN TX-21

(Austin, Texas) -- On Saturday, April 7, 2018, after a call from the organizers of the March 24 nationwide March For Our Lives to host town halls in each of 435 congressional districts across the country, Joseph Kopser will take part in a Town Hall for Our Lives in TX-21.

Where Congressman Lamar Smith will not answer the call to take action on this vital issue, Kopser and his team are leading the charge to bring together students, activists, and local leaders. The event will feature candidates for races up and down the ballot including Ann Kitchen (Austin City Council, District 5), Eddie Rodriguez (Texas House of Representatives, HD-51), Aurora Martinez Jones (candidate for Travis County Judge, 459th District) and Joseph Kopser, (Democratic candidate for TX-21). All other candidates in the district are invited to speak and answer questions at Saturday’s Town Hall.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 3PM to 6PM at the Dittmar Recreation Center Gymnasium. Following an introduction by State Senator Kirk Watson, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips of Survivors Empowered will discuss their work to shed light on this issue. After a panel featuring 2018 candidates, the event will conclude with an open mic and question and answer session for all available local candidates.

Event details and a full schedule are below, and are also available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-for-our-lives-in-tx-21-tickets-44690021056

Saturday, April 7
3-6PM
Dittmar Recreation Center Gymnasium

1009 W Dittmar Rd., Austin TX 78745

Schedule:
3PM - Senator Kirk Watson introduces March for Our Lives organizers

3:30-4:15PM - Discussion with Gun Safety Activists

- Sandy & Lonnie Phillips of Survivors Empowered www.survivorsempowered.org

- Elva Mendoza of Moms Demand Action momsdemandaction.org

- Andrew Morosky of the Newtown Action Alliance www.newtownactionalliance.org

4:15-5PM - Panel with 2018 candidates
- Austin Council Member Ann Kitchen - District 5
- Rep. Eddie Rodriguez - HD-51

- Aurora Martinez Jones - candidate for 459th District Judge
- Joseph Kopser - candidate for TX-21

5:05 - 5:30PM - Open mic and Q&A for all registered candidates

5:30PM - Closing remarks

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ENDORSEMENT: Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence Endorses Joseph Kopser for Congress

The Kopser for Congress campaign released the following statement from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

"As a candidate for Congress, Joseph Kopser is proactively and consistently promoting and supporting common sense gun policies to stop the flow of crime guns onto our streets, keep weapons of war and other guns out of dangerous hands, holding the gun industry accountable, ensuring that a public health approach is fortified with scientific-based research into gun violence prevention, and giving victims of gun violence their day in court both for criminal and civil justice. In a nation where 96 Americans die from gun violence every day, and more than 200 are injured by gunfire, now more than ever we need more politicians in office like Joseph Kopser, a true champion of common-sense gun policies that save lives."

Joseph Kopser added the following statement:

“I am very proud to have earned the trust and support of the Brady Campaign, and to add them to our growing coalition of support in TX-21. The Brady Campaign has been working for decades to fight for sensible gun safety and I could not be prouder to stand with them in their mission to cut gun deaths in half by 2025.”

This endorsement adds to a growing list of leading Democratic Party leaders and institution organizations supporting Joseph Kopser including Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Garry Mauro, Jason Kander, Paul Begala, and Matt Angle. They join institutional supporters supporting Kopser for Congress, including Vote Vets PAC, 314 Action Fund, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman Seth Moulton, and the Texas Lone Star Project.

Background:

You can read more about the Brady Campaign here.

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 and this Administration are taking. He is building a new coalition of voters that 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.

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