Gregg Harper is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after having been first elected to Congress in November of 2008.
Mississippi’s Third Congressional District stretches from Wilkinson County in southwest Mississippi to Oktibbeha County and includes the northeast corner of Jackson and the I-20 corridor into east central Mississippi.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
Gregg has lived in the Third Congressional District since 1972 and currently resides in Pearl, Mississippi with his wife of 37 years, Sidney. They have a son, Livingston and a daughter, Maggie, and son in law, Brett Bailey. The Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon where he previously served for many years as a high school Sunday school teacher and later for college students.
The son of a former petroleum engineer and a mom who worked two days a week until she was 88 years old, Gregg learned at a young age the value of hard work and the importance of a solid education. Gregg and Sidney are both graduates of Mississippi College where he majored in Chemistry. He then earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Gregg practiced law for twenty-seven years, including serving as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland. He also served on the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board, and remains active in his community as a member of both the Pearl and Rankin County Chambers of Commerce. He was also honored to serve as the board attorney for the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village until his election to Congress in 2008.
In the House of Representatives Gregg serves on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of three subcommittees: Environment and the Economy; Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and Energy and Power. He serves as the vice-chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. Congressman Harper was also appointed by the Speaker to sit on three select Committees: the Committee on House Administration; the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, where he serves as vice-chairman; and the Joint Committee on Printing, where he serves as chairman.
A longtime advocate for American-made energy, Gregg Harper believes that Congress must advance ideas that stabilize fuel prices and build a steady supply of American energy. The Congressman is also committed to supporting families raising children with special needs, and as a member of Congress founded the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. He has worked to streamline federal programs and services intended to be a support to youth with significant disabilities in transition from adolescence to adulthood. In 2014, Gregg Harper authored the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act that was passed into law, ended taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and conventions, and redirected that funding to pediatric medical research. A strong advocate for our Second Amendment rights, Gregg is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Congressman Harper has also championed laws removing burdensome and unneeded federal mandates, promoting innovative drug developments for neurodevelopmental disorders, and advancing telemedicine. It is Gregg Harper’s desire to serve the state of Mississippi and our country with honor and integrity as he works in in the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate conservative values in the important tasks and challenges facing America.