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|Former candidate for|
|Attorney General of Mississippi|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner|
|Bachelor's||Delta State University|
|Master's||Delta State University|
|J.D.||University of Mississippi Law School|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Personal
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Most recently, Simpson served for nearly three years as Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner. He resigned his position after suggestions his campaign for state attorney general violated the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits administrators of federally funded programs at the state or local level from seeking elective office. Simpson previously served as a judge on Mississippi's 2nd Circuit Court from 2000-2008 and was an assistant district attorney for Mississippi's 2nd District from 1992-1996. Simpson also owned and operated a private law firm with his brother Jim, Simpson & Simpson, from 1990-1992.
He holds a J.D. from the University of Mississippi Law School, as well as a B.S. and an M.Ed. from Delta State University.
- B.S. - Delta State University
- M.Ed. - Delta State University
- J.D. - University of Mississippi Law School
Mississippi Department of Public Safety (2008-2011)
Simpson served as a commissioner on the Mississippi Department of Public Safety from 2008 to 2011.
State Executive elections
| Kentucky • Louisiana |
Mississippi • West Virginia
|Gubernatorial • Lt. Governor |
Attorney General • Secretary of State
Down ballot offices: (KY, LA, MS)
|News • Calendar|
|Attorney General of Mississippi, 2011|
|Democratic||Jim Hood Incumbent||61.1%||536,827|
Simpson's campaign website listed six different policy priorities:
- Reducing public corruption by prosecuting corrupt officials
- Prosecuting criminals and child predators
- Protecting consumers by prosecuting any "corporate wrongdoer"
- Fighting "Obamacare" and overreaching federal mandates
- Improving transparency by establishing a "request for proposal" process for state government contracts.
- Promoting disaster awareness and limiting post-disaster fraud.
Simpson criticized his opponent, Democratic incumbent Jim Hood, for failing to join the multi-state lawsuit against President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Noting that outgoing Governor Haley Barbour had opposed the law, Simpson argued it would hurt Mississippi's economy.
During his 2011 campaign for Attorney General of Mississippi, Simpson was criticized for running up $5,760 in unpaid state property taxes on his Gulfport, MS home. He ultimately paid the debt on March 13, 2011, explaining that jumbled paperwork in the wake of Hurricane Katrina kept him from paying his taxes on time. According to Simpson, after he refinanced his home mortgage in 2005, his mortgage servicer stopped including property taxes in his monthly mortgage payments without his knowledge. As a result, he was unaware the taxes were not being paid until he received a bill for his missed payments.
Possible Hatch Act violation
Simpson battled controversy in the first months of his campaign, which some contended he launched in violation of state law. He formally announced his candidacy in January 2011 while still serving as Mississippi's Commissioner of Public Safety. State media outlets immediately suggested this could be interpreted as a violation of the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits appointed state executives that administer federally funded programs from running in a partisan political campaign. Insisting that he was not technically a candidate because he had not yet filed registration paperwork, a claim U.S. attorney for southern Mississippi Brad Pigott called specious, Simpson resigned as commissioner on February 15.
Simpson and his wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters.
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- WDAM.com, "Simpson resigns to run for Attorney General," February 4, 2011
- Steve Simpson for Attorney General, " Steve's story," accessed version of site from September 3, 2011
- Steve Simpson for Attorney General, "Priorities," accessed July 25, 2011
- SunHerald.com, "Hood and Simpson sound off on attorney general race," July 24, 2011
- Y'all Politics/Clarion-Ledger, "Steve Simpson satisfies tax debt to remove lien," July 28, 2011
- MS360.com, "Simpson says he’s ‘not a candidate,’ so no Hatch Act violation," January 27, 2011
- Mississippi Business Journal, "Simpson resigning as public safety commissioner," February 6, 2011