Press Release

Giffords Endorses Theresa Gasper for Congress in Ohio

The endorsement comes as part of Giffords’ #VoteCourage Campaign to elect gun reform candidates nationwide

September 26, 2018 — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, announced its endorsement of Theresa Gasper in Ohio’s 10th congressional district.

A fourth generation Daytonian and a successful small business owner, Theresa Gasper has spent her entire life working to make her community a better place. In the wake of the Great Recession, Theresa started a company to renovate Dayton-area homes that fell into disrepair. Now, she is running for Congress in order to provide the hardworking people of her district the type of representation they deserve. Theresa knows the toll that gun violence takes on our communities and will be a strong advocate for expanding background checks to cover all gun sales and closing loopholes that allow convicted domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on firearms.

“This year, voters are demanding leaders who offer more than thoughts and prayers when it comes to gun violence. They’re no longer willing to accept politicians who can’t imagine a world where schools, workplaces, churches, and communities are safe places, where our children don’t have to live in fear. The level of gun violence we experience in our country is not normal and thankfully, we finally have leaders running for office who have the courage to fight to finally address it,” said Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. “Voters are ready to elect Theresa Gasper because she will always put protecting their communities over helping the gun lobby make a profit. Giffords is proud to endorse her for Congress because she will never stop fighting for what’s right.”

Giffords’ #VoteCourage campaign aims to elect gun safety advocates to Congress and defeat politicians who have historically worked against gun reform, or done nothing at all to prevent gun violence. The political program targets incumbents in mostly suburban districts and uses a mixture of TV and digital advertising, on-the-ground organizing, and a voter registration push to create momentum for meaningful progress on gun safety.

Learn More about the Giffords 2018 political program here.


Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.