Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: David Simpson
by TexasGOPVote on June 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Republican State Representative for East Texas David Simpson was grateful to be elected State Representative of House District 7 in 2010 after defeating a seven term incumbent in the March Republican primary and then a general election challenge that November. District 7 is comprised of Gregg County and northern Smith County and includes the cities of Longview, Kilgore, White Oak, Gladewater, Liberty City, Lindale, Hideaway and Winona.
Deep Roots in Texas
David is a seventh generation Texan. He was born in Lubbock and grew up in Dallas, spending summers and weekends in East Texas at the family’s home place in Avinger, where his family settled in the mid 1800s. David and his family have lived in Longview since 2000.
David and Susan Simpson have been married for 25 years. They live in Longview and have been blessed with seven children, ranging in age from six to twenty-three. The youngest four are still at home. David and his family enjoy hiking, target shooting, and horseback riding together.
Faith and Church
David is an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, where he regularly leads the prayer meeting and occasionally teaches.
David served several terms as Mayor of the City of Avinger, Texas, from 1993 to 1998. During this time he led several revitalization projects to renew and restore downtown Avinger. He also led the city council to establish a municipal court and law enforcement department. President George W. Bush, when he was Governor of Texas, commissioned Mr. Simpson to serve as a member of the Ark-Tex Regional Review Committee in 1996. Mr. Simpson resigned as Mayorin August 1998 when he moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, due to his employment with Republic Group.
Mr. Simpson is a 1979 graduate of Highland Park High School, a 1983 graduate of Vanderbilt University, receiving a B.A. in philosophy, and a 1988 graduate of Trinity Ministerial Academy of Montville, New Jersey.
Mr. Simpson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Avinger Timber LLC, which owns and manages timberlands in several counties in northeast Texas. He also manages other small businesses, including Simpson Publishing Company, which he founded. Previously he was employed by Republic Group Inc. (formerly NYSE: RGC) as Manager of Mill Operations (1998 – 2000) and Executive Vice President-Paperboard (2000). He was a director of the company from 1994 to 1998 and again in 2000 until it was sold.
"Sam Houston said that Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may. While Washington is content to ignore the Constitution and trample on innocent travelers‘ rights and dignity, we in Texas will not stand idly by."