David Simpson (Texas)

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David Simpson
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Texas State House, District 7
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/27/1961
Place of birthLubbock, TX
Office website
Campaign website

David Simpson (b. June 27, 1961) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simpson served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
County Affairs
Land & Resource Management


During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simpson served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Simpson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Ensure election integrity with photo ID

  • Excerpt:"Voter registration cards that are issued and controlled by each county’s election officer should eventually include a photograph of the voter and should only be issued upon verification of citizenship and residency. Such rolls should be regularly and systematically purged of voters that have moved outside the precinct or are deceased."

Secure the border

  • Excerpt:"I favor efforts to reform the naturalization process that facilitates the acceptance of law-abiding applicants. I also support measures to increase and facilitate the issuance of visas to law-abiding temporary workers. Illegal aliens, however, including temporary workers who out-stay their visas, should be fined and deported."

Enforce the 10th Amendment

  • Excerpt:"I will defend State sovereignty and oppose all unfunded mandates and unconstitutional encroachments of the federal government (such as Obamacare, Cap-and-Tax, Gun Control, etc.) upon Texans and the State of Texas."

Protect human life

  • Excerpt:"I am opposed to abortion, harvesting of embryonic stem cells and euthanasia. And I will be a staunch defender of traditional East Texas family values."

Protect individual liberty

  • Excerpt:"I am opposed to coercive religious service or support. I believe moral rectitude is the most determinative factor on whether a nation, a state, or a community prospers. However, this cannot be forced upon individuals. It comes from within — from a transformed heart and faith."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Simpson ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 7. Simpson defeated Tommy Merritt in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Texas House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Simpson Incumbent 61.6% 10,258
Tommy Merritt 38.4% 6,384
Total Votes 16,642


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the March 2 Republican primary election, Simpson defeated incumbent Tommy Merritt by a margin of 7,891-7,032.[5] Merritt was seeking his eighth term. Simpson defeated Eric Brandt (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 7
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Simpson (R) 27,069 91.27%
Eric Brandt (L) 2,589 8.72%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Simpson raised a total of $177,368 in 2010. Below are Simpson's top 7 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[7]

Contributor 2010 total
Phil Simpson $32,500
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $10,000
Mark Miller $5,000
Farmers Insurance Group $5,000
Cedric Burgher $5,000
Delcine Johnson $5,000
MML Ventures LTD $5,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[8] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


David Simpson received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Simpson was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[9]


Simpson and his wife, Susan have seven children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tommy Merritt (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 7
Succeeded by