Willie Simmons

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Willie Simmons
Willie Simmons.jpg
Mississippi State Senate, District 13
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 22
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1993
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAlcorn State University
Master'sDelta State University
OtherEdS, Delta State University
Date of birth03/21/1947
Place of birthUtica, MS
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionMethodist- AME
Office website
Willie Simmons (b. March 21, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 1993.


Simmons attended Utica Junior College, and earned his B.S. from Alcorn State University, M.S. from Delta State University, and Ed.S. from Delta State University. His professional experience includes working in administration and consulting; he is the Owner of Simmons and Associates.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Simmons served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Highways and Transportation, Chair
Legislative Budget
Ports and Marine Resources
Public Health and Welfare
State Library


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Simmons served on these committees:



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Simmons won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 13. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. No candidates ran in the Republican primary. Simmons defeated Clayton Barksdale (I) in the general election on November 8, 2011.[1]

Mississippi State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWillie Simmons Incumbent 78.8% 8,765
     Independent Clayton Barksdale 21.2% 2,358
Total Votes 11,123


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Willie Simmons ran unopposed for District 13 of the Mississippi State Senate.[2]

Willie Simmons raised $17,975 for his campaign.[3]

Mississippi Senate, District 13
Candidates Votes Percent
Willie Simmons (D) 9,538 100%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Simmons received $60,775 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Willie Simmons's campaign in 2011
Garrett, Socrates$2,000
Garrett, Tone S$1,000
Mississippi Medical Association$1,000
Mississippi Bankers Association$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $60,775
Total Votes received in 2011 8,765
Cost of each vote received $6.93


In 2009 Willie Simmons collected $9,525 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Wheeler & Franks $3,000
Freedom Prosthetics LLC $1,000
Geo Group $1,000
Mid Eye PAC $1,000


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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]


Simmons and his wife, Rosie, have four children.

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Preceded by
Mississippi State Senate District 13
Succeeded by