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|Justin J. Simmons|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 131st district
January 4, 2011
|Preceded by||Karen Beyer|
|Alma mater||Saint Joseph’s University|
Early life and education
He was born in 1986 in Pennsylvania, raised in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Saint Joseph’s University.
Simmons served as an intern for then-Congressman Pat Toomey. He later served as a legislative aide for State Senators Rob Wonderling and Bob Mensch, during which time he conducted research for legislation, ran the Northampton County district office and attended events within the district.
He also served as a Republican committeeman within Lehigh County and as president of the Lehigh Valley Young Republicans.
State House career
Simmons was elected to the State House in November of 2010, after defeating incumbent Republican Karen Beyer in the May primary. He was the only person to defeat an incumbent in any 2010 primary election in the Pennsylvania legislature.
Justin Simmons was reelected to a second term in November of 2012.
In November of 2014, Justin Simmons was reelected by a decisive margin of 61%-39%.
As State Representative, he has stated that he favors selling the state liquor stores and reducing the size of the state Legislature. He has also said he supports term limits, part-time status for members of the General Assembly and operating on a two-year budget cycle. Simmons has also promised to refuse per diems, a state-owned vehicle and a pension.
- State Representative Justin Simmons official caucus website
- Justin Simmons (R) official PA House website
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