Jim Harper is a Northwest Indiana native. He was born and raised in Valparaiso and graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2001.
Jim went on to graduate with highest honors from Indiana University and received his law degree, with high honors, from Georgetown University. Upon graduating, he completed a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis and served as a public defender in New Orleans.
Jim then chose to return home to Indiana to serve his community. He now practices law in Porter County at his family’s firm, Harper and Harper. In addition to his private practice, Jim co-founded a national non-profit law firm that has represented hundreds of veterans seeking disability benefits for injuries they sustained during their service. He engages in pro bono work and is currently co-counsel in a case challenging Indiana’s continued use of voting machines without a voter-verified paper trail. Jim also serves on the board of Hilltop House, a Valparaiso non-profit that provides early-childhood education and other services to Porter County families.
In 2018, Jim was the Democratic candidate for Indiana Secretary of State, garnering more votes for that office than any Democrat in recent elections. He ran for Secretary of State because he believes deeply in the right of every American to cast an effective ballot. Now, Jim is running for Indiana’s open 1st Congressional District in order to provide a new generation of leadership for our region. Jim is committed to fighting for bold, progressive action to create good-paying union jobs, ensure affordable healthcare for every American, and combat climate change. Jim believes deeply in progressive priorities like Medicare for All, criminal justice reform, and a fairer tax structure.