Currently in his fourth term in Congress, Gregg Harper continues to serve his congressional district and his state on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy; the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; and the Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Gregg currently serves as Vice-Chairman for the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
As the state’s senior House Republican, Gregg also sits on three select Committees appointed by the Speaker of the House: 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.
For as long as he can remember, Gregg Harper has had a desire to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. After working for many years to help build the Mississippi Republican Party, Gregg took the Oath of Office on January 6, 2009. Gregg is humbled by the honor to represent Mississippi in our nation’s capital.
Gregg Harper’s first experience in politics was as a college student serving as the phone bank chairman for Judge Charles Pickering’s 1978 U.S. Senate campaign. After working to help Judge Pickering, electing conservatives to public office became a passion for Gregg. He went on to serve as the Republican Chairman for Rankin County, the state’s largest Republican County, for almost eight years, and as a member of the state Republican Executive Committee, working as a volunteer in many races as well as organizing grassroots efforts to help elect Mississippi’s Republican governors, lieutenant governors, Republican senators, congressmen and local elected officials.
Gregg Harper has continued to work in the trenches helping to grow the Republican Party. He served as a Mississippi Delegate to the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Republican National Conventions, and was a legal volunteer in 2000 for the Bush-Gore recount in West Palm Beach, Florida and a volunteer for Jim Talent’s 2002 Senate race in Missouri. Gregg also served as a Republican Representative on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Election Task Force in 2001 and authored a Minority Report in support of Voter Identification.
Gregg served as the Rankin County chairman for Chief Justice Jim Smith’s re-election to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2000 and served on the campaign steering committees for Congressman Chip Pickering, Lt. Governor Amy Tuck, and Lt. Governor Phil Bryant. He served as the 2007 Get Out the Vote chairman for Rankin County, and the county saw the highest percentage turnout of registered voters and highest number of Republican voters in the state of Mississippi.
Gregg Harper’s dad was a petroleum engineer and his mom worked two days a week until she was 88 years old. His parents taught him the value of hard work and the importance of a quality education. However, no two things in Gregg’s life have been more foundational and important to him than his walk with the Lord and his family. The Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi, where he served as a deacon and a college Sunday school teacher for many years. Gregg also served as the board attorney for the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village until his election to Congress in 2008.
Gregg’s wife, Sidney, and he have been married for 36 years, and are the parents to Livingston and Maggie, who are both graduates of Mississippi State University. As parents of a son with special needs, one particular ministry that is personal to Sidney and to Gregg is working with and encouraging parents who also face these same challenges.
Gregg has continued to be an active member of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce, the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, and is an avid supporter of the Pearl public schools where both his children and he graduated from high school. As a strong advocate for our Second Amendment rights, Gregg is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Gregg Harper graduated from Mississippi College in 1978 with a degree in Chemistry and from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1981. He was a practicing attorney for over twenty-seven years and served as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland, Mississippi.