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Geoff Simpson
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Washington State House of Representatives District 47
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Geoff Simpson was a Democratic member of the State of Washington House of Representatives, the lower house in the Washington State Legislature. He had represented the 47th legislative district since 2000. He previously served on the Covington City Council. He also served as Mayor Pro Tempore for the City of Covington.

Simpson served in the United States Navy as Petty Officer Second Class from 1981 to 1985. He has also worked as a fire fighter for the Kent Fire Department and as a small business owner.

Simpson attended Highline Community College, Edmonds Community College, and Bellevue Community College.[1]

Legislative activity and spending profile

Simpson was a co-sponsor of Washington House Bill 2601, a bill introduced in January 2008 that would have imposed aggressive new regulations on petition circulators.

Simpson has proposed 67 new bills in the 2008 legislative session, more than any other state assemblyman.[2] One bill that Simpson has proposed, HB 2420, proposes a new carbon tax (to fund the "Climate Action Fund Authority"[3]) in Washington that the state's fiscal impact office has determined would cost just shy of $27 billion over a ten year period.[4]

In the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's aggregation of spending proposed in 2008 legislative bills, Simpson came in second to Maralyn Chase for most spending proposed. Legislation Simpson is sponsoring would add $35.3 billion in new spending over 10 years.[5]

Fine, controversy

In 2002, the Washington Public Disclosure Commission fined Simpson $2,500.00 for violating the state law that forbids the use of public facilities and property for campaign activity.[6]

In 2007, it was disclosed on the Washington blog "Sound Politics" that Simpson had contributed anonymous comments claiming that Referendum 55 did not use paid petition circulators. Some of the comments later determined to have been contributed by Simpson were "your ignorance is stunning" and "I love it when you demonstrate your stupidity."Simpson's authorship of these comments became known through a public records request.[7]

Committee assignments



See also: Washington State House of Representatives elections, 2010

Geoff Simpson ran for re-election to the Washington House of Representatives District 47a. He defeated Nancy Wyatt in the August 17, 2010 primary. In the November 2, 2010 general election he was defeated by Republican Mark Hargrove.[8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 47a Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Hargrove (R) 9,908 39.57%
Green check mark transparent.png Geoff Simpson (D) 9,716 38.80%
Nancy Wyatt (R) 5,418 21.64%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Geoff Simpson won re-election to the Washington House of Representatives, District 47 receiving 52.62% of the vote (27,439 votes), defeating Republican Mark Hargrove who received 47.38% of the vote (24,707 votes).[9]

Washington House of Representatives, District 47(2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Geoff Simpson (D) 27,439 52.62%
Mark Hargrove (R) 24,707 47.38%

Campaign donors

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Geoff Simpson's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
House Democratic Campaign Committee of Washington $51,440
Washington State Democratic Party $38,693
47th District Democrats $5,300
Washington State Council of Police & Sheriffs $2,400
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association $2,400


Simpson and his wife, Kathy, have three children.

Contact information

Rep. Geoff Simpson
426 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7918

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Political offices
Preceded by
Washington House of Representatives District 47
Succeeded by
Mark Hargrove