George Harper (R-TX-14)
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George Harper Congressional Candidate Texas District 14
Biography of George Harper from George Harper for US Congress
You are probably wondering who I am and why you should support my campaign. Well, I’m a native born Texan with extra bragging rights, because I have an ancestor – 19 year old Richardson Perry – who fought and died with Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William B. Travis and all the other Texas heroes at the Battle of the Alamo.
I grew up in the Brazos River bottom oil field of Thompsons, Texas in Fort Bend County – my grandparents on both sides of the family, having found work in the early Texas oil fields during the depression – working for the Humble Oil Company and the Gulf Oil Company. Following WWII, my dad began working in the Thompsons Oil Field as a roustabout, my mom began her teaching career in the Thompsons’ two room schoolhouse and I grew up roaming the woods of that river bottom land.
My career has been in the petro-chemical industry as a civil designer, working for the most part with the engineering companies here in the Houston area. I’m currently employed with S&B Engineers, contracted to Dow Chemical in Freeport.
I’m single – never married – and I have been politically active since 1979. The ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence, and the model for government laid out in our Constitution, are part of my core values – the seeds planted in that two room school house at Thompsons. I would as soon stop breathing as I would betray these ideals.
In 2007 I became part of the organizing effort of the Tea Party Movement in South Brazoria County, rallying behind the presidential campaign of our own Ron Paul. I joined the Republican Party and ran for my precinct chair, running a good race in the primary, but eventually losing out to the long time Republican incumbent. I have been a delegate to the Republican State Convention in both 2008 and 2010.
Our nation is in trouble. You don’t need me telling you that. But what are we to do about it? Well, for one, I firmly believe that the old conservative standby – lower taxes and decreased spending – is not the answer. Not this time. Not now. We need more. We need to cut government – and I mean that literally. We must cut agencies, bureaucrats, regulations and laws. This goes against everything drummed into our heads for most of the 20th century – that government is the answer. But government is the problem, as President Reagan said. Well, if government is the problem, then the only way to deal with our problem is at the source – cut government.
I have fought the battle for smaller government for 30 years. As a nation, I think we are finally finding our way back to our founding principles – freedom, limited government and personal responsibility. We now have the strength and resolve to turn back the liberal tide and return our nation to these historical roots. And maybe, just maybe, my small effort helped a little along the way, to bring us to this point in time.
So now I find myself running for Congress, to give those of you who believe as I do, a candidate you can trust to “stay the course”. No one is more dedicated to this task than I am. And I’m giving you my word as a Texan, I will not be corrupted. Washington is a nine headed Hydra. I relish the task of challenging and slaying the beast. Send me to Washington to do just that.