David Simpson (Texas politician)

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David Simpson
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Tommy Merritt
Personal details
Born (1961-06-27) June 27, 1961 (age 53)
Lubbock, Texas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Simpson
Children Seven children
Residence Longview, Texas
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1983)

Trinity Ministerial Academy

Profession Businessman
Religion Baptist
Website State Rep. David Simpson

David Simpson (born June 27, 1961)[1] is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 7th district based in Longview, Texas. In 2010, he unseated the incumbent, Tommy Merritt of Longview, in the Republican primary with 52.88 percent of the vote and then prevailed in the general election for the 82nd Texas Legislature on November 2, 2010 with 91.28 percent of the vote, having had no Democrat opponent.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Simpson was born in Lubbock in west Texas. He was the mayor of Avinger in Cass County from 1993 to 1998 before he relocated in 2000 to Longview. He and his wife, Susan, have seven children. Simpson is a Christian and has published a Statement of Faith.[3] He has been described as someone who "did exactly what he said he would do in his campaign and stood for limited government." [4]

Simpson filed legislation in the 2011 Texas legislative session to be able to prosecute, what he deemed, "offensive and intrusive groping" searches of private parts without probable cause by the Transportation Security Administration or other security personnel. The bill, HB 1937,[5] passed unanimously out of committee and then again out of the Texas House. The bill had ninety-four co-authors from both parties.[6] However, it failed to be approved in the Texas Senate after the United States Department of Justice threatened to make Texas a no-fly zone were the legislation to be enacted.[7][8]

Simpson's website states that he "will steadfastly fight for limited government and freedom under the rule of law."[9]

Simpson again defeated Merritt in the 2012 Republican primary to secure his second term and was then unopposed in the November 6 general election.

In December 2012, Simpson announced his candidacy for Texas House Speaker in a conservative bid to oust the moderate Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio from the top position in the leadership of the chamber. As Simpson entered the contest for speaker, his East Texas colleague, Bryan Hughes of Mineola, exited the race, having tried for six months previously to line up commitments from colleagues to oust Straus.[10] Hughes immediately endorsed Simpson over Straus: "I wholeheartedly endorse my friend David Simpson for Speaker of the House. He is uniquely qualified to lead the House at this pivotal time in our history. David Simpson has earned his reputation as an eminently fair, highly principled, and hardworking legislator."[10] However, Simpson withdrew before the balloting for Speaker began, and Straus was reelected without opposition on January 8, 2013.[11]

During the children's immigration crisis, Simpson visited the border to see first hand what was happening. Upon his return, he called for more immigration judges,[12] and advocated for greater compassion for immigrants.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Elect David Simpson". Texas State Directory. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "David Simpson". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Lutz, William (26 April 2011). "Opinion: Simpson played by the rules". The Lone Star Report. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Texas Legislature Online". The State of Texas. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (17 May 2011). "Texas House Passes TSA Anti-'Groping' Bill". TIME NewsFeed. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Unruh, Bob (25 May 2011). "Feds to Texas: We'll make you a 'no-fly' zone Read more: Feds to Texas: We'll make you a 'no-fly' zone". WorldNetDaily. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Batheja, Aman (26 May 2011). "Senator blasts Dewhurst in airport bill's failure". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "David Simpson's Website". David Simpson Campaign. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Tim Eaton, "Simpson announces run for speaker of Texas House", December 10, 2012". Austin American Statesman. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Legislature opens; Straus re-elected", Laredo Morning Times, January 9, 2013, p. 10A
  12. ^ Carter, Alexandra (15 July 2014). "East Texas state representative visits border". KETK NBC. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Simpson, David. "The case for compassion at the border". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Evans, Glenn. "Message to Simpson on border crisis: ‘Constituents come first’". news-journal.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tommy Merritt
Texas State Representative from District 7
2011–present
Incumbent