US Congressman Gregg Harper will make Mississippi State the official custodian of his congressional papers in a ceremony Friday, October 5, on campus.
Harper, along with MSU President Mark Keenum will sign a donor agreement at the library where the collection will join other congressional collections.
US House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will make comments at the event.
Harper, has represented the third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2008.
“Serving as a Member of the United States House of Representatives has been the highest privilege and honor of my life. The opportunity to serve the people of the Third District, our state, and our country is something that my wife, Sidney, and I will never forget,” Harper said. “I am grateful for the important role Mississippi State University, along with the Stennis Institute, continues to play in producing researchers and leaders in public service. My hope is that my papers will add to Mississippi State’s impressive collection and foster leadership and research initiatives on campus for years to come.”
“I am extremely grateful that Congressman Harper has chosen to house his congressional papers at Mississippi State,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said. “He was sworn into Congress the same week I became president at MSU, and it has been a great pleasure to work with Congressman Harper on several initiatives over the last decade. The results of his leadership will long remain evident in Mississippi, and I am proud that by maintaining his collection in our outstanding facilities at Mitchell Memorial Library, the next generation of leaders will be able to learn from his example.”
During his time in Congress, Harper has served as chairman of the Committee on House Administration and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, and he has been a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he serves as chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. A longtime supporter of those with disabilities, Harper founded the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.
The congressman’s papers are among MSU’s first collections from an official serving in the digital age. The papers will include social media content, thousands of digital photographs, videos and more. They also contain constituent correspondence on local and national issues, speeches given from the floor of the House of Representatives, public statements, press releases, news clippings and memorabilia items from Harper’s tenure in Congress.