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Meet Joseph

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A lifetime of service

From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, I’ve dedicated my life to service. I served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star. I’ve dedicated my post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. In Congress, I’ll put your interests ahead of the special interests, and I’ll hold the powerful accountable.

Taking on challenges here and abroad

As an entrepreneur, veteran, and proud father of three, I know a thing or two about solving tough problems. And over the years, I’ve learned that real solutions start with people who have the drive to push for what’s right and the will to serve more than just themselves.

In 2004, I began to doubt if the White House had a plan for success for the war in Iraq… but volunteered to serve because I knew that we couldn’t leave our troops behind. I helped organize the first free and fair elections after the fall of the old regime. On the ground, I saw how mismanagement of the war and its aftermath undercut the transition to democracy.

Despite my disagreements with White House strategy, I volunteered to join the First Cavalry Division a year later to do what I could to help. Over the years, I lost friends in Iraq and Afghanistan. Decisions made in Washington left our nation in disarray – and we still live with the consequences. I carry the lessons of that war with me every day. That’s why I’ll always stand up and get answers before we send our sons and daughters into harm’s way.

Creating jobs in Texas

When I returned home from war, I co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, a Texas-born tech company that made commutes easier, saving everyday people across the world money, time, and frustration. What’s more, my company – which grew from two people to being acquired by a Fortune 100 company – provided a way to cut carbon emissions. For me, it became a lesson in how innovation can confront the climate change issues of our time… issues that Lamar Smith continues to ignore.

After honing my global business experience by leading an international subsidiary of Daimler AG, I’ve recently focused locally. Today, I put my Army leadership expertise to work helping governments and companies solve complex problems. As the president of Grayline, I bring together experts and data to help craft solutions to the problems of our day and manage disruptive change. I’ve created good Texas jobs in the new economy – and I know how, together, we can make it work better for those being left behind.

Protecting our environment

Today, our district and our country are in trouble. Climate change threatens our way of life, our economy, our national security, and the next generation of Texans… including my three daughters. Our unique Texas culture of living on and loving the landscape is at risk because of partisan political decisions. None of us in District 21 are immune from the fire, flood, and drought that climate change causes… or from the proven dangers of fossil fuels.

For sure, the problems are complex – but they aren’t unsolvable. We can’t stick our heads in the sand, as Congressman Lamar Smith has done. While Smith follows the industry-led science skeptic crowd in Washington, the White House recognized me as a Champion of Change in 2013 for my efforts in energy and transportation – and I’ll keep working hard for our environment.

Valuing family and community

I use my free time to make our community better. I advise the nonprofit Bunker Labs in Austin and San Antonio, helping veterans become successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. I co-founded 60×30 Works to improve education and workforce training to meet the needs of our evolving Texas economy. In addition, I co-founded and served as Chairman of the National Security Technology Accelerator working to improve US Energy Security policy – and also serve with the Texas Lyceum, the Truman National Security Project, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas Association of Business. I live in Austin with my wife and three daughters – one each in high school, college, and graduate school.