Gregg Harper

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Gregg Harper
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Chair of the House Administration Committee
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byCandice Miller
Succeeded byZoe Lofgren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byChip Pickering
Succeeded byMichael Guest
City Prosecutor of Brandon, Mississippi
In office
MayorTruitt M. Grubbs, Jr.
City Prosecutor of Richland, Mississippi
In office
Personal details
Gregory Livingston Harper

(1956-06-01) June 1, 1956 (age 64)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sidney Harper
(m. 1984)
EducationMississippi College (BS)
University of Mississippi (JD)

Gregory Livingston Harper (born June 1, 1956) is a former American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 3rd congressional district from 2009 to 2019. 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.

In January 2018, Harper announced he would retire from Congress and not run for re-election.[1]

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.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]


Harper introduced the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019; 113th Congress) into the House on May 16, 2013.[7] 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.[8][9] The total funding for research would come to $126 million over 10 years.[8][9] As of 2014, the national conventions got about 23% of their funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.[10]

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.[11]

In December 2017, as chairman of the House Committee on Administration, Harper supported a review of overhauling the Congressional Accountability Act which makes it harder for victims of sexual harassment to come forward with allegations than victims in the private sector.[12] Harper said a review was "long overdue".[12]


Gregg Harper won the Republican nomination in Mississippi's 3rd congressional district on April 1, 2008 with 57% of the vote.[13] 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.[14]

Personal life[edit]

He is a deacon of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi, where he had also been a Sunday School teacher.[citation needed]

He has a 28-year old son with Fragile X syndrome; as a Congressman, Harper started a congressional internship program for students with developmental disabilities through the Mason Life Program at George Mason University.[15]


  1. ^ Pender, Geoff; Berry, Deborah (January 4, 2018). "Harper won't seek re-election". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Harper Campaigns in Meridian McLain, Sheila. WTOK. Jan 10, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2008
  3. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "H.R. 2019 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Gibson, Caitlin (14 November 2014). "Federal pediatric medical research act named for Gabriella Miller". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  9. ^ a b "H.R. 2019 – CBO" (PDF). Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  10. ^ Hooper, Molly K. (30 January 2014). "Convention wipeout coming soon?". The Hill. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  11. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017
  12. ^ a b "As Harassment Accusations Multiply, a Question: Who Stays and Who Goes?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  13. ^ HARPER WINS 3RD DISTRICT GOP NOD Associated Press. April 2, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2008
  14. ^ REPUBLICAN HARPER WINS 3RD DISTRICT The Meridian Star. November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2008
  15. ^ The Associated Press (January 5, 2018). "Rep. Gregg Harper". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved January 5, 2018. Harper and his wife have a 28-year-old son with Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that can lead to intellectual and developmental impairment. Harper started a congressional internship program for students with intellectual disabilities from the Mason Life Program at George Mason University.

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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

Succeeded by
Michael Guest
Preceded by
Chuck Schumer
Chair of the Joint Library Committee
Succeeded by
Roy Blunt
Chair of the Joint Printing Committee
Succeeded by
Richard Shelby
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Chair of the House Administration Committee
Succeeded by
Zoe Lofgren
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
Chair of the Joint Library Committee
Succeeded by
Roy Blunt