|Pennsylvania State House District 131|
|2011 - Present|
|November 31, 2016|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Political Science, St. Joseph's University, 2008|
|Date of birth||August 26, 1986|
Simmons earned his B.A. in Political Science from St. Joseph's University in 2008. His professional experience includes working as a legislative aide for State Senators Rob Wonderling and Bob Mensch. He has also been active in the local Republican Party, serving as a committeeman for Leigh County and president of the Leigh Valley Young Republicans.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health, Secretary|
|• State Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simmons served on these committees:
|Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Human Services|
|• Urban Affairs|
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Justin Simmons was unopposed in the Republican primary. Michael Beyer was removed from the ballot before the Democratic primary, but was restored to the ballot after a successful write-in campaign. Simmons defeated Beyer in the general election.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Justin Simmons Incumbent||61.1%||12,055|
Simmons ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 131. Simmons ran unopposed in the Republican primary on April 24 and defeated Kevin Deely (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Justin Simmons Incumbent||50.8%||14,301|
Simmons won election to District 131 in 2010. He defeated incumbent Karen Beyer 54.7-45.3% in the May 18, 2010 Republican primary. Beyer was seeking her fourth term. Simmons defeated Democrat Mike Horton in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|District 131, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (Primary)|
|Pennsylvania State House, District 131|
|Justin Simmons (R)||10,769||56.9%|
|Mike Horton (D)||8,156||43.1%|
Comprehensive donor information for Justin Simmons is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Justin Simmons raised a total of $572,975 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 17, 2013.
|Justin Simmons's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131||$338,054|
|2010||Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 131||$234,921|
|Grand Total Raised||$572,975|
2012Justin Simmons won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Justin Simmons raised a total of $338,054.
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Justin Simmons's campaign in 2012|
|Pennsylvania Republican Party||$94,483|
|House Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania||$64,825|
|Education Freedom Pac||$8,146|
|Pennsylvania Future Fund||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$338,054|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Simmons raised a total of $234,921 in campaign funds. His top contributors were:
|Pennsylvania Republican Party||$47,569|
|House Republican Campaign Cmte of Pennsylvania||$39,842|
|House Republican Campaign Cmte||$13,000|
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- Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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- The American Conservative Union: 2012 Legislative scorecard
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- Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business: 2011-2012 Voting Record
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- Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania: Marcellus Shale Scorecard 2011-12
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Simmons is married to his wife, Erica.
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- Official campaign website
- Justin Simmons's personal website
- Profile from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Profile from Open States
- Justin Simmons on Facebook
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Morning Call, "Beyer in tight race," May 19, 2010
- www.repsimmons.com/, "About Justin," accessed May 8, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official primary results for May 20, 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Official Candidate Listing," accessed March 21, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 General Election," accessed December 5, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official Primary Results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," April 15, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed May 2, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 2, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Simmons, Justin," accessed September 17, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 8, 2014
Karen Beyer (R)
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