Gregg Harper

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Gregg Harper
Greg Harper official photo.jpg
Chairman of the House Administration Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Candice Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Chip Pickering
Personal details
Born (1956-06-01) June 1, 1956 (age 61)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sidney Harper
Children 2
Residence Pearl, Mississippi
Education Mississippi College (BS)
University of Mississippi (JD)

Gregory Livingston Harper (born June 1, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes the wealthier portions of the state capital, Jackson, along with most of that city's suburbs. Other cities in the district include Meridian, Natchez, Starkville, and Brookhaven.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Harper was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent eight years working as Chairman of the Rankin County, Mississippi Republican Party, and served as a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention. He was appointed by the party as an observer during the controversial 2000 Florida presidential recount.

Harper graduated from Mississippi College in 1978 with a degree in Chemistry and from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He has worked as a private practice attorney since receiving this degree. He was the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon, Mississippi and Richland, Mississippi.[1]

As for his personal life, he is a deacon of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi, where he had also been a Sunday School teacher.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation[edit]

Harper introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019; 113th Congress) into the House on May 16, 2013.[2] The bill, which passed in both the House and the Senate, would end taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and divert the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health.[3][4] The total funding for research would come to $126 million over 10 years.[3][4] As of 2014, the national conventions got about 23% of their funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.[5]

Harper was ranked as the 89th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[6]

Elections[edit]

Gregg Harper won the Republican nomination in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district on April 1, 2008 with 57% of the vote.[7] This was tantamount to election in this heavily Republican district. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Joel Gill in the November General Election winning 63% of the vote.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harper Campaigns in Meridian McLain, Sheila. WTOK. Jan 10, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2008
  2. ^ "H.R. 2019 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Gibson, Caitlin (14 November 2014). "Federal pediatric medical research act named for Gabriella Miller". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "H.R. 2019 – CBO" (PDF). Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Hooper, Molly K. (30 January 2014). "Convention wipeout coming soon?". The Hill. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  6. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017 
  7. ^ HARPER WINS 3RD DISTRICT GOP NOD Associated Press. April 2, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2008
  8. ^ REPUBLICAN HARPER WINS 3RD DISTRICT The Meridian Star. November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2008

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chip Pickering
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd congressional district

2009–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Chuck Schumer
Chair of the Joint Library Committee
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Roy Blunt
Chair of the Joint Printing Committee
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Richard Shelby
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Chair of the House Administration Committee
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
Chair of the Joint Library Committee
2017–present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Brett Guthrie
United States Representatives by seniority
171st
Succeeded by
Jim Himes