Mike Simpson (Michigan politician)

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Mike Simpson
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 65th district
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 18, 2009
Preceded by Leslie Mortimer
Succeeded by Mike Shirkey
Personal details
Born (1962-12-11)December 11, 1962
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Died December 18, 2009(2009-12-18) (aged 47)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Profession politician

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Mike Simpson (December 11, 1962 – December 18, 2009) was an American businessman, politician, and member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He was a member of the Democratic Party.


Mike Simpson received his High School Diploma at Plymouth-Canton High School. After high school the Representative attended college for some time.[1]

Professional experience[edit]

Mike Simpson was a veteran who served in the United States Army Reserve from 1980–1986. After high school Simpson joined his family's business and was an entrepreneur and business owner until his death.[1]

Political experience[edit]

In 2006 Mike was elected state representative in Michigan's 65th house district after having run in the same district in 2004 and in US House District 7 in 2002.[1]


He was a member of all five local business chambers in the 65th District; Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, Eaton Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Onsted Area Chamber of Commerce.

He was a member of the Brooklyn Area Kiwanis Club, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the American Legion Post 252, the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70.

House committees[edit]

At the time of his death Simpson served as a member of the House Tourism & Natural Resources Committee, the House Commerce Committee, and the House Insurance Committee. Additionally, Mike was the Majority Vice-Chairman of the House Health Policy Committee, a standing member of the National Conference of State Legislators, National Health Policy Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Center for Rural Health.


Simpson had been ill with a rare blood disorder known as light-chain deposition. He died of a heart attack while returning from the Cleveland Clinic, according to House Speaker Andy Dillon, on December 18, 2009.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Representative Mike Simpson – Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on 2008-05-14.
  2. ^ Kathy Barks Hoffman, MI Rep. Mike Simpson dies of heart attack Friday Associated Press story, Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2009-12-19.