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Luiz Simmons
Current candidacy
Running for Maryland State Senate, District 17
Date of primaryJune 24, 2014
Current office
Maryland House of Delegates District 17
In office
1979-1983, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position (current service)11
Years in position (previous service)4
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$142/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican University, 1970
J.D.American University, 1974
BirthdayJanuary 27, 1949
Place of birthWinchester, Virginia
Office website
Luiz R.S. Simmons (b. January 27, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003 and previously served a term from 1979 to 1983. He is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Maryland State Senate.


Simmons' professional experience includes working as an attorney, General Counsel to U.S. Representative Newton I Steers, was Editor of 'Drugs, Politics, and Diplomacy: The International Connection,' and Co-Editor of 'Discrimination and the Addict: Notes Toward a Genreal Theory of Addiction Rehabilitation.'

Committee assignments


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

  • Judiciary
  • Subcommittee on Civil Law and Procedure, Chair


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Simmons served on these committees:

  • Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Civil Law and Procedure (Chair)



See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate will consist of a primary election on June 24, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Cheryl Kagan will face Luiz Simmons in the Democratic primary.[1]


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Simmons successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. He came in third, securing the third of three available seats in the district.[2]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Kumar Barve (D) 20,720
Green check mark transparent.png James Gilchrist (D) 20,704
Green check mark transparent.png Luiz Simmons (D) 20,469
Daniel Campos (R) 10,646
Craig Frick (R) 8,945
Josephine Wang (R) 8,736


On November 7, 2006, Luiz Simmons ran for District 17 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the second of three seats, losing to James Gilchrist but beating Kumar Barve, Mary Haley, Josephine Wang, and Paul Hnarakis.[3]

Luiz Simmons raised $95,140 for his campaign.[4]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 17
Candidates Votes Percent

James Gilchrist (D) 23,524 25.4%
Luiz Simmons (D) 22,148 23.9%
Kumar Barve (D) 21,994 23.7%
Mary Haley (R) 9,016 9.7%
Josephine Wang (R) 8,384 9.0%
Paul Hnarakis (R) 7,535 8.1%
Write-Ins 75 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Simmons was up for re-election, he collected $52,003 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2006, Luiz Simmons collected $95,140 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Luiz Simmons for Delegate $27,075
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $6,000
Hope Village $4,000
DRS Rosenthal & Siekanowicz LLC $4,000
Greenbelt Medical Associates $3,000


Simmons is Vice-Chair of the Bi-County Committee of the Montgomery County Delegation, and a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.[7]

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