Derrick Simmons

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Derrick Simmons
Mississippi State Senate, District 12
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedMarch 1, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJackson State University
Master'sHoward University Business School
J.D.Howard University School of Law
Date of birthDecember 12, 1976
Place of birthGreenville, Mississippi
Office website
Campaign website
Derrick T. Simmons is a Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election held on March 1, 2011. Simmons ran to fill the vacancy created when Johnnie Walls (D) was elected to the Circuit Court.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Highways and Transportation, Chair
Legislative Budget
Ports and Marine Resources
Public Health and Welfare
Public Property


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2011
Enrolled Bills, Chair
Compilation, Revision and Publication
Judiciary, Division A
Judiciary, Division B
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Simmons's 2011 special election Facebook page highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Improve Educational Outlook
  • Create Industry and Jobs
  • Work with local, state, and federal officials to increase employment and training opportunities
  • Work with healthcare professionals to address healthcare needs



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[1]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Simmons won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 12. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 2, 2011 and in the general election on November 8, 2011.[2]

2011 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Simmons defeated Dorothy Walls and Gwendolyn McClure in the March 1, 2011 special election.[3] In Mississippi, no party ID appears on the special election ballot. If Simmons had not received a majority of votes, a runoff would have be held on March 22, 2011.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2011, Simmons received $28,622 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Derrick Simmons's campaign in 2011
Simmons, Derrick T.$4,176
Glover, Glenda$1,000
Calhoun, John$1,000
Atmos Energy$1,000
Sims, Stanley$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $28,622
Total Votes received in 2011 12,201
Cost of each vote received $2.35


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]

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