Former United States Representative from Mississippi
In November of 2016, Gregg Harper was elected to serve his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. He retired from Congress in January 2019 after being first elected to Congress in November 2008.
Harper represented Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, which stretches from Wilkinson County in southwest Mississippi to Oktibbeha County and includes the northeast corner of the state capital, Jackson, and the I-20 corridor into east central Mississippi.
Family and Community
Harper resides in Pearl, Mississippi, with his wife of 37 years, Sidney. They have a son, Livingston, and a daughter and son-in-law, Maggie and Brett. The Harpers are active members of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, where he served for many years as a Sunday school teacher for high school and college students.
The son of a former petroleum engineer and a mom who worked two days a week until she was 88 years old, Harper learned at a young age the value of hard work and the importance of quality 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.
Before being elected to Congress, Gregg practiced law for 27 years, including serving as the prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland, Mississippi. 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 Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Harper served as the board attorney for the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village until his election to Congress in 2008.
In the 115th Congress, Harper was selected by the Speaker of the House to serve as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, a standing committee with vast oversight and administrative responsibilities in the House of Representatives among other institutions. He also served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he was a member of three subcommittees: Energy; Environment; and the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee, where he served as the Vice-Chairman. Additionally, Harper served on the Joint Committees on Printing and the Library of Congress, where he served as Chairman.