Vi Simpson

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Vi Simpson
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Indiana State Senate District 40
Former Member
In office
Democratic leader
Assistant Democratic Leader
Base salary$22,616.46/year
Per diem$138/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2008
Term limitsNo
J.D.Indiana University School of Law
Date of birthMarch 18, 1946
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Vi Simpson (b. March 18, 1946) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 40 from 1984 to 2012. She served as Senate Minority Leader from 2008 to 2012. She was also a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in the 2012 elections, running on a ticket with John Gregg.[1]

Simpson was Monroe County Auditor for Bloomington, Indiana, from 1981 to 1984. She then worked as President of Vi Simpson and Company from 1982 to 1988. She has been Executive Director of the Heritage Education Foundation since 1989.

Simpson attended California State University, Hayward. She went on to earn her LLB from Indiana University School of Law in 1994.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simpson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Simpson served on these committees:

Sen. Simpson reflects on first half of 2011 session



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Simpson ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 40. Simpson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012,[2][3]but had to withdraw from the race when she was named the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[4]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

  • Economic Development:

In a debate on August 15, 2012, Simpson advocated for using gas tax revenue only for transportation, while paying for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana State Police through the state general fund. Doing this, she said, would give Indiana an additional $178 million a year to spend on infrastructure.[5]

  • "War on Women:"

On August 10, 2012, Simpson said there was a war on women in Indiana that needed to be addressed. The last four years, she said, had been “dreadful and that women are this close to going back to the 1960s and ’70s when they fought for financial independence, educational opportunities and access to health care."[6]


Simpson's endorsements included the following:

  • IN AFL-CIO[7]


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Vi Simpson won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 40 receiving 41,120 votes, ahead of Republican Leslie Compton receiving 17,626 votes.[8]

Indiana State Senate, District 40 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVi Simpson Incumbent 70% 41,120
     Republican Leslie Compton 30% 17,626
Total Votes 58,746

Campaign donors


Simpson lost the election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in 2012. During that election cycle, Simpson raised a total of $422,843.


In 2008, Simpson collected $113,872 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
UPS $4,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $3,500
Indiana Hospital Association $3,000
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $2,500
Indiana State Medical Association $2,500
Indiana Motor Truck Association $2,250
Indiana State Conference of Electrical Workers $2,250
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $2,000
United Union of Roofers & Waterproofers $2,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,800
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Indiana Builders Association $1,500
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana $1,500
Indiana Bankers Association $1,500
Indiana Health Care Association $1,400
Blue Ace Media $1,398
Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana $1,250
Indiana Family Wineries $1,000
Kraft Foods $1,000
Indiana Dental Association $1,000

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Simpson and her husband, Bill McCarty, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Indiana State Senate District 40
Succeeded by
Mark Stoops (D)