Vote button trans.png
April's Project of the Month
It's spring time. It's primary election season!
Click here to find all the information you'll need to cast your ballot.

Michael K. Simpson

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Michael K. Simpson
Michael K. Simpson.jpg
U.S. House, Idaho, District 2
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PredecessorMike Crapo (R)
38th Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.75 in 2012
First elected1998
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,748,406
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Blackfoot City Council
Idaho House of Representatives, District 31B
Bachelor'sUtah State University
M.D.Washington University School of Dental Medicine
BirthdaySeptember 8, 1950
Place of birthBurley, Idaho
Net worth$1,960,562
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
Office website
Campaign website
Michael K. Simpson campaign logo
Michael Keith "Mike" Simpson (b. September 8, 1950, in Burley, Idaho) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Simpson was elected by voters from Idaho's 2nd Congressional District.

Simpson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Idaho's 2nd District.[1] In the May 15, 2012, primary election, Simpson defeated fellow Republican M.C. Heileson. In the November 6, 2012, general election Simpson defeated Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour.[2]

He previously was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives from District 31B from 1984 to 1998.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Simpson is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho, and raised in Blackfoot. He graduated from Utah State University and earned his DDS from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the Simpson Family Dental Practice in Blackfoot, Idaho.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Simpson serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment Chair
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education



Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "" According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Simpson was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 58%.[7][8]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Simpson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Simpson voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Simpson voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Simpson voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Simpson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Simpson voted for HR 2775.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Simpson voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Simpson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Wilderness plan

In federal Boulder-Whiteclouds wilderness area in south central Idaho, Congressmen developed a federal wilderness plan called the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA). The plan had the backing of all four Idaho members of Congress in June 2010, when it had a hearing in the U.S. Senate.

Gov. Butch Otter sent a letter to the congressional delegation opposing parts of the plan. Bill Dart of the Idaho Recreation Council presented at the Senate hearing, saying motorized and non-motorized recreation groups will lose access to some areas if CIEDRA becomes law.

Since the hearing, Sen. Jim Risch has said that he would oppose the plan as it is currently written. At the Idaho Republicans state convention in Idaho Falls in June 2010, the convention moved to write Otter a letter thanking him for his opposition the act.

In mid-July 2010, Simpson posted a guest opinion on his website, in which he said that the plan is still necessary. Simpson called his plan to create 332,775 acres of federally-protected wilderness areas a plan crafted by Idahoans to prevent a takeover of the area by the U.S. government.

“If we leave things as they are, we give federal agencies free rein to cut off existing access or change land use policies at any time,” Simpson said. “There is a real risk that the Obama Administration could unilaterally designate this area as a national monument, giving Idahoans no input into how the land on which they live and recreate is managed.”

“Extremists on both sides of this issue may refuse to find middle ground, but for most Idahoans, this solution is one we can’t do without,” Simpson said in his opinion.[25]

Federal match for Medicaid extension, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $26 billion plan that will give money to states help pay for Medicaid and school districts' teachers salaries. The plan will save Idaho $68 million of a fund used for anti-drug programs.

Rep. Walter Minnick supported the measure, while Simpson joined members of his party in opposing it.

This spending plan extends the federal match for Medicaid for six more months, amounting to $16.1 billion. It provides $10 billion to school districts. Supporters say this will save 161,000 teachers' jobs. The federal government is cutting food stamps starting in 2014 and removing a foreign tax credit often used by businesses that ship jobs overseas, as well as other reductions, to pay for the new plan.

Idaho budgeted for not getting the Medicaid money.

“When one broke unit of government borrows foreign money to bail out another broke unit of government, the inevitable loser is the taxpayer,” said Simpson said in a prepared statement.

“Other states have simply put off the tough decisions hoping and praying that the federal government will step in and solve their fiscal problems for them,” Simpson said. “What the House did today rewards poorly managed states, like California, and encourages their continued fiscal mismanagement while punishing the taxpayers of states, like Idaho, that have acted responsibly. It is not right and I cannot support it.”[26]

Presidential preference


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

Michael K. Simpson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [27]



See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Simpson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. He faces a primary challenge from Bryan Smith. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.



See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Simpson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Idaho's 2nd District. He won the nomination on the Republican ticket, defeating M.C. Heileson. Jack Wayne Chappell and Nicole LeFavour ran as Democrats, with LeFavour moving on to the general election. The primary elections were held on May 15, 2012.[29]

U.S. House, Idaho District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Nicole LeFavour 34.8% 110,847
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simpson Incumbent 65.1% 207,412
     Write-in (Democratic) Jack Wayne Chappell (Write-in) 0.1% 235
Total Votes 318,494
Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"
U.S. House, Idaho District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simpson Incumbent 69.6% 50,799
M.C. Heileson 30.4% 22,240
Total Votes 73,039


Simpson was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[30]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Simpson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Simpson raised a total of $4,748,406 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[38]

Michael K. Simpson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $1,200,025
2010 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $792,074
2008 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $707,482
2006 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $539,784
2004 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $556,129
2002 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $342,933
2000 U.S. House (Idaho, District 2) Won $609,979
Grand Total Raised $4,748,406


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Simpson's reports.[39]

Michael K. Simpson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$66,490.58$86,850$(81,513.8)$71,826.78
July Quarterly[41]July 23, 2013$71,826.78$306,129.44$(43,179.39)$334,776.83
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$334,776.83$437,285.00$(167,266.98)$604,794.85
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$604,794$460,976$(278,347)$787,424
Running totals

Campaign fundraisers

House Speaker John Boehner will attend a fundraiser luncheon on August 26, 2013, to help his friend and colleague Mike Simpson in his bid for a ninth term.[44] Boehner and Simpson were joined by Republican Gov. Butch Otter in making remarks to the luncheon crowd.[44]

Before lunch, Boehner appeared at a private event for contributors who have made the maximum $2,600 contribution to Simpson for the 2014 primary election, said Brody Aston, Simpson’s campaign manager.[44]


Breakdown of the source of Simpson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Simpson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Simpson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,200,025 and spent $1,192,871.[45] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[46]

Cost per vote

Simpson spent $5.75 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Simpson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Simpson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Simpson's campaign committee raised a total of $792,074 and spent $854,316 .[47]

U.S. House, Idaho District 2, 2010 - Michael K. Simpson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $792,074
Total Spent $854,316
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Michael K. Simpson's campaign committee
IDACORP Inc$12,780
National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn$10,250
CH2M HILL$10,140
Agri Beef$10,100
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$72,850
Electric Utilities$53,380
Crop Production & Basic Processing$49,000
Oil & Gas$32,250


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Simpson is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 16, 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Simpson most often votes with:

Simpson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Simpson missed 293 of 9,871 roll call votes from January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Simpson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,142,539 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 38th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Idaho ranks 25th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Simpson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,014,792 and $3,127,784. That averages to $2,571,288, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Simpson ranked as the 123rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Michael K. Simpson Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Simpson ranked 201st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53]


Simpson ranked 137th in the conservative rankings.[54]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Michael K. Simpson has voted with the Republican Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 171st among the 222 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]


Simpson has been married to his wife Kathy for 39 years and they live in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[56]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Michael + Simpson + Idaho + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Michael Simpson News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links


  1. Idaho Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed March 2, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Idaho," accessed 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mike Simpson for Congress-Idaho's Congressman, "About Mike," accessed October 28, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson-2nd District of Idaho, "Committees," accessed October 28, 2011
  7. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," accessed February 27, 2013
  8. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," accessed March 13, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "Mike Simpson Key Votes," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Idaho Reporter, "Simpson says central Idaho wilderness plan still necessary," accessed July 19, 2010
  26. Idaho Reporter, "26 billion in spending for medicaid," accessed August 11, 2010
  27. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  28. Politico, "Mitt Romney backs Mike Simpson in Idaho race," accessed November 19, 2013
  29. Idaho Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  30. NRA PVF, "Idaho Endorsements," accessed May 1, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Michael K. Simpson," accessed April 5, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Michael K. Simpson 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Idaho Statesman, "Speaker Boehner to host $50 Boise lunch for Congressman Simpson," accessed August 20, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Michael Simpson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  46. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Michael K. Simpson 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 28, 2011
  48. GovTrack, "Michael K. Simpson," accessed June 16, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Rep. Michael K. Simpson," accessed August 1, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Michael Simpson," accessed April 1, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Michael Simpson," 2012
  52. OpenSecrets, "Simpson, (R-ID), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  56. U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson-2nd District of Idaho, "Biography," accessed October 28, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Crapo (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Idaho District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives - District 31B
Succeeded by