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Luiz Simmons
Maryland House of Delegates, District 17
Former member
In office
1979-1983, 2003-2015
Elections and appointments
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican University, 1970
J.D.American University, 1974
Date of birthJanuary 27, 1949
Place of birthWinchester, Virginia
Luiz R.S. Simmons (b. January 27, 1949) is a former Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 17 from 1979 to 1983, then again from 2003 to 2015. He was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Maryland State Senate.[1]


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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Cheryl Kagan defeated Luiz Simmons in the Democratic primary. Steve Zellers was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kagan defeated Zellers in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 17, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Kagan 68.6% 18,526
     Republican Steve Zellers 31.4% 8,496
Total Votes 27,022

Maryland State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Kagan 54.6% 4,713
Luiz Simmons 45.4% 3,917
Total Votes 8,630


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.[3]

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


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

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.[4]

Luiz Simmons raised $95,140 for his campaign.[5]

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.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Luiz Simmons's campaign in 2010
Simmons, Luiz R$24,500
Cmte To Elect Bobby Zirkin$6,000
Paragon Therapy Centers LLC$4,000
Pinnacle Therapy Centers$3,000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2010 $52,003


In 2006, Luiz Simmons collected $95,140 in donations.[7]

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 has been Vice-Chair of the Bi-County Committee of the Montgomery County Delegation and a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.[8]

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