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Biography

Elected: 2008, 3rd term.

Born: June 1, 1956, Jackson

Home: Pearl

Education: MS Col., B.S. 1978; U. of MS, J.D. 1981.

Professional Career: Practicing atty.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: married (Sidney) , 2 children

Gregg Harper, a Republican elected in 2008, is a dependable conservative vote who has impressed his party’s leaders, and he has shown a desire to join them in the leadership.

Harper was born in Jackson, where his father was a petroleum engineer and his mother was a homemaker. The family moved frequently because of his father’s job, but always came back home to Mississippi. By the time he’d finished high school, Harper had attended 10 different schools. Harper became a Christian after attending a youth rally in high school, and later met his wife, Sidney, at a church function. They have a daughter, Maggie, and a son, Livingston, who suffers from a developmental disorder called fragile X syndrome.

Harper has long experience in politics. He was the chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party and worked on several local and state campaigns. Harper was also a delegate to the 2000 and 2008 national Republican conventions. When the 2000 presidential election was in limbo and hinged on results in Florida, Harper volunteered as a legal observer for George W. Bush’s recount efforts. Until his election, he was the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland.

He jumped into the primary contest for the House seat when GOP Rep. Chip Pickering announced his retirement. Harper’s toughest Republican competitors were state Sen. Charlie Ross, considered the early favorite, and wealthy businessman David Landrum.

Ross shored up endorsements from local leaders and national groups such as the anti-tax Club for Growth, and both he and Landrum outspent Harper. But Harper rallied a hardworking core of young volunteers and family members and focused on door-to-door campaigning. He also got one important endorsement, from former U.S. Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, who appeared at a January fundraiser for him.

In the March 2008 primary, Ross emerged as the top vote-getter with 33%, and Harper finished second with 28%. Because no candidate won more than 50%, the contest went to a runoff in April. Ross portrayed Harper as too inexperienced for the job, but Harper emphasized his conservative stances against abortion rights and same-sex marriage in an appeal to the district’s small-town voters. He won the runoff with 57% of the vote to Ross’ 43%.

In the November general election, Harper faced Democrat Joel Gill, a rancher and a Pickens alderman. Gill ran folksy ads that referred to him as “Joel the Cattleman.” Still, a catchy ad was not enough in this Republican district, and Harper easily won with 63% of the vote. He had even less trouble in a 2010 rematch with Gill, drawing 68%. Democrats didn’t bother to field a candidate against him in 2012.

In Washington, Harper became the only freshman elected to serve on the Republican Steering Committee in 2009, and he was the only first-term lawmaker appointed to the House Administration Committee, which oversees election laws and internal housekeeping tasks. He was next in line on that panel when its chairman, Dan Lungren of California, lost his reelection bid in 2012. At the time, Harper was seeking to get into the GOP leadership as House Republican Conference secretary. He dropped out of the race in expectation of getting the committee chairmanship, but GOP leaders instead gave the gavel to Michigan’s Candice Miller to avoid the appearance of having too many white men as chairmen.

Still, Harper has a plum seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he frequently blasted the health care overhaul law and called for more domestic energy production while beseeching President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. “If he cared about jobs and the energy independence in this country, it’s a no-brainer,” he told The Meridian Star in February 2012. The House passed his bill in 2011 to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, a group setting voluntary voting system guidelines for states. He said the move would save $14 million annually, but the bill died in the Democratically controlled Senate.

After the 2010 election, Harper joined the Tea Party Caucus, a group that frequently blasts Democratic spending priorities. But with his son in mind, he is bipartisan on governmental aid to children with special needs. Harper worked with Democrats to secure $1.9 million for fragile X syndrome research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he also got the disorder added to the list eligible for Defense Department medical research. He included a provision in the bipartisan pharmaceutical user fee agreement that became law in 2012 to extend market exclusivity for drugs that treat fragile X syndrome, autism, and other neurological disorders.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5031

(202) 225-5797

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 307
Washington, DC 20515-2403

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5031

(202) 225-5797

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 307
Washington, DC 20515-2403

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 932-2410

(601) 932-4647

2507A Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208-4604

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 932-2410

(601) 932-4647

2507A Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS 39208-4604

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 823-3400

(601) 823-5512

230 South Whitworth Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601-3343

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 823-3400

(601) 823-5512

230 South Whitworth Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601-3343

DISTRICT OFFICE

(662) 324-0007

(662) 324-0033

The Mill at Mississippi State Suite 160
Starkville, MS 39759

DISTRICT OFFICE

(662) 324-0007

(662) 324-0033

One Research Boulevard Suite 206
Starkville, MS 39759-8749

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 693-6681

(601) 693-1801

1901 Front Street Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301-5006

DISTRICT OFFICE

(601) 693-6681

(601) 693-1801

1901 Front Street Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301-5006

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

3 Country Place
Pearl, MS 392058

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

3 Country Place
Pearl, MS 392058

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Aerospace

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Arts

Courtney Parella
Executive Assistant

Banking

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Budget

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Campaign

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Census

Courtney Parella
Executive Assistant

Commerce

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Communication

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Congress

Michael Cravens
Chief of Staff

Sharon Johnson
Deputy Chief of Staff

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Courtney Parella
Executive Assistant

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Consumers

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Crime

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Disability

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Disaster

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Larry Wert
Special Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs

larry.wert@mail.house.gov
(601) 932-2410

Economics

Larry Wert
Special Assistant for Military and Veterans Affairs

larry.wert@mail.house.gov
(601) 932-2410

Education

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Janet Dominy
Director of Constituent Services

Chip Reynolds
District Director

Energy

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Environment

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Family

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Foreign

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Grants

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Gun Issues

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Health

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Homeland Security

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Human Rights

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Immigration

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Intelligence

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Intergovernmental

Sharon Johnson
Deputy Chief of Staff

Internet

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Judiciary

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Labor

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Land Use

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Janet Dominy
Director of Constituent Services

Military

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Minorities

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Native Americans

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Recreation

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Religion

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Rules

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Rural Affairs

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Science

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Jordan See
Communications Director; Legislative Assistant

jordan.see@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5031

Social Security

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Janet Dominy
Director of Constituent Services

Tax

Sarah Litteral
Senior Constituent Services Representative

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Technology

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Trade

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Jimmy Stringer
Military Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Scot Malvaney
Policy Director; Legislative Director

Women

Jordan Downs
Deputy Policy Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Gregg Harper
Votes: 234,717
Percent: 80.02%
John Pannell
Votes: 58,605
Percent: 19.98%
2012 PRIMARY
Gregg Harper
Votes: 78,667
Percent: 91.8%
Robert Allen
Votes: 7,025
Percent: 8.2%
2010 GENERAL
Gregg Harper
Votes: 132,393
Percent: 67.99%
Joel Gill
Votes: 60,737
Percent: 31.19%
2010 PRIMARY
Gregg Harper
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
Gregg Harper
Votes: 213,171
Percent: 62.54%
Joel Gill
Votes: 127,698
Percent: 37.46%
2008 RUNOFF
Gregg Harper
Votes: 29,351
Percent: 56.96%
Charlie Ross
Votes: 22,178
Percent: 43.04%
2008 PRIMARY
Charlie Ross
Votes: 22,254
Percent: 33.37%
Gregg Harper
Votes: 18,892
Percent: 28.33%
David Landrum
Votes: 17,082
Percent: 25.61%
John Rounsaville
Votes: 6,949
Percent: 10.42%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (68%), 2008 (63%)

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