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Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper Speaks at Mississippi College

April 5, 2013

Mississippi Third District Congressman Gregg Harper will visit his alma mater, Mississippi College, to speak to student leaders.

Serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Harper will address the College Republicans on April 22 in Anderson Hall. The meeting in the B.C. Rogers Student Center begins at 6:30 p.m.

All Mississippi College students, faculty and staff are invited to welcome the 1978 MC graduate as he returns to the Clinton campus this spring, said Jim Turcotte, vice president for enrollment management and dean of students.

The Republican was first elected to Congress in November 2008. In 2012, the Pearl attorney was reelected with 80 percent of the vote.

Harper and his wife, Sidney, a 1979 graduate of MC’s School of Nursing, have two children, Livingston and Maggie, both students at Mississippi State University.

In Congress, Harper serves on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he’s a member of three subcommittees. The state’s senior House Republican also sits on the select Committee on House Administration, a special appointment made by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

A longtime advocate of American-made energy, Harper believes that Congress must advance ideas that stabilize fuel prices and build a steady supply of USA energy. The MC graduate also is devoted to working with families raising special needs children.

 In addition, Harper is a strong advocate for Second Amendment rights and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. The Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon.

Harper practiced law for 27 years in Mississippi prior to his service in Congress, including work as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland.

The Mississippian received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at MC and earned a law degree at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Harper was among the state leaders on hand at the Clinton Visitors Center for the November dedication of  award-winning artist Sam Gore’s bronze sculpture saluting America’s military veterans.

Mississippi’s Third Congressional District stretches from Wilkinson County to Oktibbeha County, includes the northeast corner of Jackson, and the I-20 corridor stretching into east-central Mississippi.

For more information, contact Jim Turcotte at 601-925-3315 or turcotte@mc.edu

Photo: Mississippi Third District Congressman Gregg Harper, who attended ceremonies at the Clinton Visitors Center in November 2012, to dedicate artist Sam's Gore new sculpture, a tribute to America's military veterans.