Gary Simpson

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Gary Simpson
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Delaware State Senate District 18
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 15
Base salary$42,750/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Delaware
Master'sUniversity of Delaware, 1972
Office website
F. Gary Simpson is a Republican member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He is currently the Senate Minority Leader.


Simpson earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Delaware.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simpson served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy & Transit
Legislative Council
Permanent Rules


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simpson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Simpson served on these committees:[1]



See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Simpson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 18. Simpson defeated Matthew A. Opaliski in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Simpson was initially challenged by Gary Downes in the general election but his opponent withdrew on September 12, 2012 a day after the primary election.[4]

Delaware State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Simpson Incumbent 100% 13,198
Total Votes 13,198
Delaware State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Simpson Incumbent 68% 1,515
Matthew A. Opaliski 32% 712
Total Votes 2,227


On November 4, 2008, Simpson won re-election to the Delaware State Senate from Delaware's 18th Senate District. Simpson defeated Gary Downes (D) in the election, receiving 14,596 votes as compared to 11,891 votes for Downes.[5] Simpson raised $41,095 for his campaign in 2008; Downes raised $27,205.[6]

Delaware State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Gary Simpson (R) 14,596 55.1%
Gary Downes (D) 11,891 44.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simpson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Simpson raised a total of $86,379 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Gary Simpson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 18 Won $31,521
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $13,763
2008 Delaware State Senate, District 18 Won $41,095
Grand Total Raised $86,379


Simpson won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Simpson raised a total of $31,521.

2010 (Off-cycle)


In 2008, Simpson collected $41,095 in contributions.[8] The ten largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Rodney and Teresa Mitchell $1,200
Bernie's Conchs LLC $600
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce $600
Victor C. Elzey III $600
Anheuser-Busch $600
David A. Jones $600
Oldcastle Materials $600
Thomas H. Draper $600
That's Right Fresh Seafood $600
Entertainment Software Association $600


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Gary Simpson endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [9]


Gary has a wife, Debbie.

Simpson is a member of the Alumni and University Relations group for the University of Delaware.

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