David Simpson (Texas)
|Texas House of Representatives, District 7|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||Lubbock, TX|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simpson served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• County Affairs|
|• Land & Resource Management|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simpson served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Border & Intergovernmental Affairs|
|• Urban Affairs|
Simpson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Ensure election integrity with photo ID
- Excerpt: "Voter registration cards that are issued and controlled by each county’s election officer should eventually include a photograph of the voter and should only be issued upon verification of citizenship and residency. Such rolls should be regularly and systematically purged of voters that have moved outside the precinct or are deceased."
Secure the border
- Excerpt: "I favor efforts to reform the naturalization process that facilitates the acceptance of law-abiding applicants. I also support measures to increase and facilitate the issuance of visas to law-abiding temporary workers. Illegal aliens, however, including temporary workers who out-stay their visas, should be fined and deported."
Enforce the 10th Amendment
- Excerpt: "I will defend State sovereignty and oppose all unfunded mandates and unconstitutional encroachments of the federal government (such as Obamacare, Cap-and-Tax, Gun Control, etc.) upon Texans and the State of Texas."
Protect human life
- Excerpt: "I am opposed to abortion, harvesting of embryonic stem cells and euthanasia. And I will be a staunch defender of traditional East Texas family values."
Protect individual liberty
- Excerpt: "I am opposed to coercive religious service or support. I believe moral rectitude is the most determinative factor on whether a nation, a state, or a community prospers. However, this cannot be forced upon individuals. It comes from within — from a transformed heart and faith."
Wallace Hall impeachment trial
- See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial
Texas state legislators are exploring an unprecedented legal step -- impeaching an appointed official. University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, who was named to the post by Governor Rick Perry, is the subject of an investigation by a Texas state house committee. Legislators who are in favor of the impeachment process initially set out to investigate whether Hall failed to disclose information on his regent application, revealed protected information about students and exceeded his role as a regent in requesting massive amounts of information.
Governor Rick Perry and others have strongly criticized the attempted impeachment. Critics says it is an effort to criminalize policy differences. In late November 2013, Perry and State House Speaker Joe Straus sent letters to gubernatorial appointees to address the impeachment trial. Perry's letter explained the importance of oversight of state agencies by gubernatorial appointees. In his letter, Straus agreed with Perry and wrote, "Both board members and the Legislature need to ask difficult questions."
After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the Univ]]ersity of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals. Hall filed FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were initially rebuffed. According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall requested closer to 100,000 pages. In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."
An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators justified the impeachment on the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list. The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials. No unelected official in Texas has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office. Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees. He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater." Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.
Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.
A January 2014 review by the law firm Hilder & Associates concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution." The report concluded that Hall had a legitimate reason for having the documents in question. "In light of the fundamental role attorneys play, it would lead to an absurd result were it criminal for an official to provide student records to his or her attorney in the face of litigation, or anticipated litigation, involving these records," Philip Hilder wrote in the report. Hilder submitted the report to the legislative committee. The Board of Regents hired the firm to review whether Hall may have violated any federal privacy laws in his handling of student information. November 2013 testimony prompted committee-member Trey Fischer to request the inquiry. Committee member Dan Flynn said he was not surprised by the findings and was pleased the university counsel reached a conclusion.
Simpson has come out in support of Regent Wallace Hall. Simpson called the investigation "a show," adding: "People want to pursue this political witch hunt without exposing who they are or being transparent themselves." Simpson called the case a "farce" in a June 2014 letter to state legislators.
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent David Simpson was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
Simpson ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 7. Simpson defeated Tommy Merritt in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary, 2012|
|David Simpson Incumbent||61.6%||10,258|
In the March 2 Republican primary election, Simpson defeated incumbent Tommy Merritt by a margin of 7,891-7,032. Merritt was seeking his eighth term. Simpson defeated Eric Brandt (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 7 |
2010 General election results
|David Simpson (R)||27,069||91.27%|
|Eric Brandt (L)||2,589||8.72%|
Comprehensive donor information for Simpson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Simpson raised a total of $492,035 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.
|David Simpson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 7||$314,667|
|2010||Texas State House, District 7||$177,368|
|Grand Total Raised||$492,035|
2012Simpson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Simpson raised a total of $314,667.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David Simpson's campaign in 2012|
|Bryan Hughes Campaign||$31,672|
|Total Raised in 2012||$314,667|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Simpson won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Simpson raised a total of $177,368.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David Simpson's campaign in 2010|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$10,000|
|MML Ventures Ltd||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$177,368|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Simpson received a score of 94.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
David Simpson received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Simpson was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."
Simpson and his wife, Susan have seven children.
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Perry, Straus reach out to appointees amid Hall inquiry," December 21, 2013
- Daily Caller, "Texas tries to topple higher-ed transparency," November 21, 2013
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Perry calls regent impeachment “political theater”," October 30, 2013
- Lubbock Online, "Perry, Straus Reach Out to Appointees Amid Hall Inquiry," December 22, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Letter from Rick Perry to Appointees," November 22, 2013
- American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
- Daily Texas Online, "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
- Daily Texas Online, "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
- Dallas Morning News, "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
- Watchdog, "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
- Real Clear Policy, "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
- Watchdog.org, "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
- News-Journal, "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
- Texas Tribune, "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
- Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
- Austin American Statesman, "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
- Dallas Morning News, "UT Regent Hall didn't commit crime, university attorney concludes,"January 16, 2014
- Watchdog, "UT Report: Charge against Hall is legally 'absurd'" January 14, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws," January 15, 2014
- Texas Tribune Uploads, "Hilder & Associates Report," January 13, 2014
- Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee Proceeds Cautiously as Emotions Rise," April 17, 2014
- Watchdog.org, "Texas lawmaker calls Wallace Hall impeachment a ‘farce’," June 3, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Simpson, David," accessed July 19, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
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