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Why Joseph's Running


Like most Texans, I’m fed up with the current stagnation in DC. The news is full of professional politicians, getting nothing done but preserving their jobs and pleasing their corporate sponsors.

Our district and our country are in trouble. While big corporations hit record profits, most Texas families struggle to get by. Wages are flat, and good jobs are harder to find. Climate change threatens our way of life. Our American values are under siege.

For many here, it’s harder and harder to access the American Dream. And up in Washington, politicians like Lamar Smith are only making it worse.

For too many years the Washington establishment has quit listening to hard-working Texans. Many Texans of all parties agree that we need to “drain the swamp” in DC. This is how we do it: by electing independent leaders who have a proven track record of public service, have demonstrated an ability to analyze problems and marshall resources to enact positive change in peoples lives.

I have spent my career doing just that. During my career in the US Army and private industry I have:

  • Leadership training through a 20-year Army career, from West Point graduation to preparing ROTC cadets at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Confronting adversity, whether in the Army’s storied Ranger School or in multiple combat deployments to Iraq, where I was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge
  • Learning about the best ways to govern – including earning a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, teaching government to West Point cadets, and then putting those lessons into practice during national elections in Baghdad
  • Creating jobs as a tech entrepreneur in an Austin-based startup that led to a successful acquisition
  • Emphasizing diversity and workforce education throughout the private sector to make sure all Texans have access to the new economy
  • Exploring international business by leading a global subsidiary of Daimler AG
  • Accelerating regional economic growth by promoting smart cities, clean energy, and tech business events like the Defense Energy Summit and NSTXL
  • Contributing to our local and regional well-being through my leadership in multiple organizations that support veterans, education, technology, transportation, and solid public policy like the Bunker Texas in Austin and San Antonio
  • Raising three daughters with my wife – in an increasingly unstable and complex world

… and I didn’t know it at the time – but each step has prepared me to enter public service as your Representative of the 21st US Congressional District.

For too long, politicians have gone to Washington to do right and stayed to benefit themselves and their special interest benefactors. Pick the issue – job creation, foreign affairs, social security, education – Congress has repeatedly lost touch with middle America and middle income.

Let’s be honest: America is at a crossroads, and the best path for us and our children isn’t always the easiest. Sometimes the right decision takes moral courage. I’m ready to show that kind of courage in the US Congress, as I have both in combat zones and in the business world.

The way out of the quagmire in Washington is to embrace what’s working in America – innovation, open marketplaces, and the spirit of cooperation and optimism that built this nation.

America cannot abandon its role as a beacon of hope and democracy in the world. Our leaders need to stay engaged overseas and maintain the alliances that helped spur the growth of our middle class. We must thoughtfully address the overlapping realms of national security, financial security, and climate security… so that the America we leave to our kids is even better than the one we were given. And, as we strive for our own families, we must also remember another American value, compassion for those who suffer.

I’m betting on the Texan voter – that you’ll pay attention to our pivotal moment. I believe that we can change the culture of Washington by electing an outsider with proven results in servant leadership.

Vote for me, Joseph Kopser, a real alternative: primed with real-world experience, fed-up with the current Washington nonsense, and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Join me, and let’s change things.


Joseph Kopser