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Mike Simpson

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Mike Simpson
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Michigan House of Representatives District 65
Former member
Assumed office
2006
Current term ends
died December 18, 2009
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website House Site

Democrat Mike Simpson of Liberty Township served as state representative for the 65th District of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2006 until he died of a heart attack in December 2009.[1]

Rep. Simpson received his High School Diploma at Plymouth/Canton High School. After High School he attended college for some time. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army Reserve from 1980-1986.

In 2006 Mike was elected state representative in Michigan's 65th house district after having run in the same district in 2004 and ran in US House District 7 in 2002.

Committee Assignments, 2009-2010

Simpson was serving on the following committees when he died:

Issues

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Wolf population

On April 19, 2011, Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill that would essentially allow him to declare a disaster due to the state’s wolf population, even as the animals are in the process from being removed the endangered species list.

Otter, the legislature, and the state court had been debating the wolf population issue for months when Otter signed this bill. A few weeks before the bill was signed, Rep. Mike Simpson inserted language to de-list the animals into a spending bill. This language that was inserted into the federal appropriation is not subject to judicial review, meaning that de-listing is almost guaranteed.

At least one conservation group, Defenders of Wildlife, opposed Simpson’s move and said that it’s an example of lawmakers playing politics with wolf populations.

The main backer of the state bill that Otter signed, Rep. Judy Boyle says the disaster declaration bill is still relevant because the state will be on probation for wolf management for the five years after de-listing. She also said that congressional uncertainty creates the need for the bill.

“What one Congress gives, one Congress can take away,” warned Boyle. ”We never know what the federal government will do and it’s notorious for going back on its word.”[2]

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Contact

Rep. Mike Simpson
N0999 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
(517) 373-1775
mikesimpson@house.mi.gov

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