Scott Simpson (politician)

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The Honourable
Scott Simpson
Scott Simpson swearing in (cropped).jpg
Simpson in 2017
Minister of Statistics
In office
2 May 2017 – 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Mark Mitchell
Succeeded by James Shaw
Personal details
Born Scott Anthony Simpson
(1959-11-04) 4 November 1959 (age 58)
Nationality New Zealander
Political party National Party
Occupation Politician

Scott Anthony Simpson (born 4 November 1959) is a New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party.

Early life[edit]

Simpson maintained responsibilities in the National Party hierarchies prior to election. He has been a National Party Northern Regional Chair[1] and a member of the National Party’s Board of Directors.[2][3] Simpson stood for selection as the National Party candidate for Tamaki in 2004.[1][4] He was married to Desley Simpson, but they split up in 2004 or 2005.[5] Scott Simpson stood for the National Party presidency in 2009 but lost out to Peter Goodfellow; his former wife has lived with Goodfellow since September 2008.[5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th Coromandel 61 National
2014–2017 51st Coromandel 45 National
2017–present 52nd Coromandel 26 National

Simpson was selected as the National Party's Coromandel candidate in April 2011.[6] He was elected at the 2011 general election with a majority of 11,800.

On 2 May 2017, Prime Minister Bill English announced that Simpson will be appointed to a Minister outside cabinet as Minister of Statistics, Associate Minister of Immigration and Associate Minister for the Environment.


  1. ^ a b Rowan, Juliet (12 October 2004). "Principal snares prized Tamaki". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Morton, Jamie (29 November 2011). "Scott Simpson, National – Coromandel". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Farrar, David (2 August 2009). "Goodfellow elected president". Kiwiblog. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Slater, Cameron (20 April 2011). "Selection updates". Whale Oil. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Marshall, Jonathan (23 August 2009). "Tangled National love triangle". Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  6. ^ National Selects Scott Simpson as Coromandel Candidate, 20 April 2011
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Sandra Goudie
Member of Parliament for Coromandel