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Early voting ends today! (And updates from the past few months.)

Feb 28, 2014 @ 04:44:49



REMINDER: Early voting ends today!

What's happening in District 7, plus information on upcoming elections

With early voting ending today (Friday) and the election coming up on March 4, I encourage you to remind friends and family across the state to get out and vote. Find information about locations here: Gregg County and Upshur County.



Friends and fellow Texans, first of all, thank you for your prayers and support. I am grateful for your strong support and the confidence you place in me to run for re-election without an opponent.

Lack of an opponent doesn't mean lack of getting out in the district and meeting with the people of Gregg and Upshur Counties, though! Not having to actively campaign has enabled me to devote more time to listening, learning, and giving reports in the district.

Since January I have had the privilege of participating in the dedication of a van for disabled veterans, meeting with dozens of constituents in the district about specific needs and issues, and giving reports to a variety of churches, clubs, and groups about the past legislative sessions and current issues in Austin. We have also discussed what is likely coming up in the next legislative session and considered legislative proposals presented to me by many of you! (If you would like a report for your group, please call my district office at 903-553-9226 to get it on the schedule!)

There have also been opportunities for education in areas of legislative concern. Specifically, I attended the Student Safety National Alliance Summit to discuss SB 460 and a conference on human trafficking put on by The Women’s Center of East Texas. I've also met with local officials about the proposed toll road route through the district. Training and information-gathering meetings with many of you are particularly important as they broaden my understanding of the issues facing the district and enable me to better represent our community. (Pictured above: Thanks to Haley Spencer at White Oak Middle School for taking the time to talk/interview me about developing public policy!)

Beginning this month, Sharon Guthrie joined my office as the District Director. Sharon has experience working as a district staffer and we are delighted she has joined the team. She will be the primary contact point for scheduling in the district. My Chief of Staff and Legislative Director continue to be available for any questions in the Capitol office.

Though I have not had to campaign for myself, there are a few liberty-loving candidates whose elections are very important so I have spent some time helping them as well.

If you want to help advance the liberty movement in Texas, consider giving to these candidates, all of whom I have endorsed publicly:


For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson
State Representative, District 7

     
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Giving thanks to the Almighty!

Nov 28, 2013 @ 12:32:14

My friends and fellow Texans, happy Thanksgiving!

Though the Texas Constitution prohibits any religious test for holding a civil office, it does require the acknowledgement of a Supreme Being (Art. 1, Sec. 4).

Our founders believed in liberty of conscience and religious liberty in particular, but they also believed that humanity was subject to its Creator, both individually and as a society. This profound respect for the individual’s relation to God reveals their humble view of civil government. It was no substitute for God. It was not almighty and its jurisdiction was limited.

Like their American counterparts, the fathers and mothers of Texas were not statists, but theists. They gave thanks to God not to the government — for deliverance from foes, for bountiful blessings upon their labors in the fields, and for freedom to worship and govern themselves under God.

Sam Houston, as President of the Republic of Texas, and Texas Governors Wood and Bell, called for days to be set aside for thanksgiving to God and urged the citizens of Texas to put their trust in God as they faced seeming insurmountable financial challenges and threats of war.

Today we continue this happy tradition of giving thanks to God — the source of all our blessings and our only hope.

If we use Psalm 146 as a model, we will reaffirm our trust in God and not man, not even princes. We will call upon one another and ourselves to praise the Lord, the Almighty — our Creator, our Judge, our Deliverer, our Emancipator, our Caregiver, our eternal covenant-keeping God.

In so doing we refuse to make ourselves or our government an idol and instead put our trust in God, our help in ages past and our hope for years to come.

 
David Simpson
Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2013, Longview

 

Psalm 146
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2   While I live I will praise the LORD;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3   Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4   His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
5   Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6   Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; 
Who keeps truth forever,
7   Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry. 
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
8   The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises those who are bowed down; 
The LORD loves the righteous.
9   The LORD watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow; 
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
10 The LORD shall reign forever — Your God, O Zion, to all generations. 
Praise the LORD!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Re-Election Campaign Launched with Overwhelming Community Support

Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:32:34

 

Friends, after spending the last several months reporting to and listening to the constituents in House District 7, I have decided to run for re-election. I filed the official paperwork yesterday and am glad to announce our re-election campaign with overwhelming community support!

Representing the people of District 7 is a great privilege and responsibility. If you choose to elect me again, I pledge to continue working diligently to defend the life and liberty of our citizens, just as I have through the first two terms of office.



Filing my application for the ballot with GOP State Chairman Steve Munisteri

Along with my filing, I'm very grateful to announce the support of many prominent community and Republican party leaders from District 7. (Click here to skip down and see the list of names!)


"The reason I will support David Simpson for Representative for District 7 is because of his dedication for Texas and Liberty. I believe David is approachable by all of his constituents inside and outside of the district in which he represents for questions pertaining to state and local issues."
- Gary Smith, Longview City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem

"David Simpson has played a significant role in promoting true conservative values in Austin. He is a patriot and a servant leader who passionately advocates constitutional principles for all the people of Texas. Integrity and honesty are marks of his character and leadership."
- Sue Evenwel, State Republican Executive Committeewoman for northeast Texas

"David has the kind of values that our government needs. He's doing a good job for us and will continue to do a good job."
- Ore City Mayor Glenn Breazeale



You, the people of East Texas, asked me to run back in 2009 and you worked hard to give our district strong, constitutional conservative representation. Last election, that support grew, with more than 1000 District 7 citizens endorsing our campaign! Now this election, we're proud to add more names to that list. Through the entirety of the political process, I have sought and will continue to seek your input and your prayers.

I've done my utmost to honor the trust you've placed in me.

  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility named me a "Taxpayer Champion" and Young Conservatives of Texas listed me on their "Honor Roll."
  • I'm also proud to have received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, the Texas State Rifle Association, and Texas Right to Life.
  • This past session Texas Eagle Forum rated me a solid 93 and Concerned Women for America gave me their "Gold Star Award" for reaching a 100% conservative voting record.


This past session, we were able to pass all four of our local bills as well as two statewide measures.

  • HB 78 repealed an inequitable and regressive tax on gold and silver coin purchases of less than $1000.
  • HB 1382 increased freedom at farmers markets to sample food and perform cooking demonstration and clarified more appropriate regulations for this venue.
  • HB 79/SB 139 designated a portion of Highway 80 as Sgt. Travis E. Watkins Memorial Highway.
  • HB 3161 restored the original structure for the Upshur County Juvenile Court.
  • HCR 23 designated Gregg County as the Balloon Race Capital of Texas.
  • HB 3070 designated a portion of US Highway 80 as a historic highway.


East Texas Republican leaders endorsing Simpson include:

State Republican Executive Committeewoman Sue Evenwel
State Republican Executive Committeeman Stephen Lee


Gregg County leaders endorsing Simpson include:

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano
County Commissioner Ronnie McKinney
County Commissioner Daryl Primo
County Commissioner Gary Boyd
County Clerk Connie Wade
Clarksville City Alderwoman Carolyn Linder
Easton Mayor Pro Tem Walter Ward
Elderville-Lakeport Fire Chief Pat Owens
Gladewater Mayor Harold Wells
Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin
Kilgore City Councilwoman Sherry Bustin
Kilgore City Councilman Harvey McClendon
Kilgore City Councilman Neil Barr
Kilgore City Councilman Bobby Hale
Longview City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Smith
Longview City Councilman John Sims
Longview City Councilman Richard Manley
Longview City Councilman Sidney Allen
Warren City Mayor Ricky Wallace
White Oak Mayor Richard May
GOP Chairman Keith Rothra
GOP Secretary Marty Rhymes
GOP Precinct 1 Chair Glyn Crane
GOP Precinct 3 Chair Don Radcliffe
GOP Precinct 4 Chair Tim Vaughn
GOP Precinct 6 Chair Brian Bowden
GOP Precinct 7 Chair Gail Gilbert
GOP Precinct 8 Chair C. Kyle Smith
GOP Precinct 10 Chair Kevin Massey
GOP Precinct 11 Chair Virgil Bohanan
GOP Precinct 12 Chair Kelly Rolland
GOP Precinct 13 Chair Kirk Rotramel
GOP Precinct 14 Chair Sandra Odom
GOP Precinct 16 Chair Thomas Wood
GOP Precinct 19 Chair Andy Farrell
GOP Precinct 20 Chair Bill Daniel
GOP Precinct 21 Chair Mickie Hand


Upshur County leaders endorsing Simpson include:

Sheriff Anthony Betterton
County Commissioner Paula Gentry
County Commissioner Cole Hefner
County Commissioner Frank Berka
Big Sandy City Councilman Lupe Gonzalez
Clarksville City Councilwoman Carolyn Linder
Ore City Mayor Glenn Breazeale
Union Grove Mayor Randy Lee Simcox
GOP Precinct 1 Chair Lanette Crittenden
GOP Precinct 3 Chair Madaline Barber
GOP Precinct 4 Chair Deborah Hodge
GOP Precinct 5 Chair Blanton Dawson
GOP Precinct 6 Chair Jackie Oliver
GOP Precinct 8 Chair Charlie Pelezo
GOP Precinct 9 Chair Bill Stenger
GOP Precinct 10 Chair Laurie Fisher
GOP Precinct 12 Chair Mickey Denton
GOP Precinct 14 Chair Buck Newsome
GOP Precinct 15 Chair Kandice LaGrone
GOP Precinct 16 Chair John Ussery
GOP Precinct 17 Chair Joe Dodd
GOP Precinct 18 Chair Leslie Cathcart

Please click here if you would like to join our team with a public endorsement!

As we proceed into the election season and, should you choose to elect me again, preparing for this next session, I covet your input on the challenges that we face as a state and your prayers that I would remain a humble servant of our Lord and of you, the people of East Texas.

Standing together, we can turn the tide and advance LIBERTY in our great state of TEXAS.


For Texas and Liberty,

David Simpson

Texas State Representative, District 7
info@DavidSimpson.com
DavidSimpson.com

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Things to know about Tuesday's election...

Nov 04, 2013 @ 09:25:46

 

Friends, the elections are just around the corner! Be sure to get out and vote on the constitutional amendments and other ballot initiatives this Tuesday, November 5th.
  1. Overview of the propositions: On my website you can find a description of each ballot proposition and also how I voted on each of them during the session. I supported each of the nine propositions except for Proposition 6. (Skip down to see other groups' recommendations as well!)
  2. Voting locations: Here is a list of all voting locations in Gregg County and also in Upshur County.
  3. Sample ballot: Here is an actual sample so you can know what to expect when you go to vote!

As with every legislative session it seems, government attempts to involve itself in areas that are not part of its jurisdiction. The role of civil government is to protect our life, liberty, and property. Then it should get out of the way.

With Prop 6, government is attempting to enter the investment banking business and to centralize control of billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of the favored political few. For these reasons, and others that detailed in my op-ed below, I encourage you to vote NO on Prop 6!


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Water-Funding Proposition 6 is a rainmaker, but for whom?
Op-ed by Rep. David Simpson

Proposition 6, the proposed constitutional amendment to help fund water projects in Texas, is to be decided by voters on Election Day next Tuesday. Proponents hail Prop 6 as a rainmaker during a period of drought and population growth. They promise the financial scheme will provide the clean, abundant water Texans need for the next 50 years.

Prop 6 purports to fulfill that Texas-size promise by constitutionally dedicating a new account called the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, known as SWIFT, and funding that account with $2 billion taken from the Economic Stabilization Fund. Three appointees of the governor to the Texas Water Development Board will use that capital to underwrite and facilitate lots of new debt — $27 billion or more — for water projects. The SWIFT account ensures “low-cost financing” in “the form of reduced interest rates, longer repayment terms and deferred repayment periods of interest and principal.”
 
It is tempting to believe SWIFT will solve our water woes. However, lack of affordable capital is not the problem. First, interest rates are already at historic lows, and second, we still have $6 billion of new bonding authority approved by voters in 2011 that has yet to be touched.

But even if finances were thwarting investments in water, can a handful of Austin politicians and bureaucrats perform the functions of an investment bank better than investment bankers themselves in the private sector? Will they not be tempted to make decisions based on political connections instead of economic realities as would an independent financial institution?


Here's what other groups are saying about the propositions:

Click here for the full analysis and more information on ballot propositions
presented by the Grassroots Texans Network.




Some helpful information from the Secretary of State
about new Voter ID requirements:

As a reminder, Election Identification Certificates are available free of charge to qualified Texas voters who do not already have an approved form of photo ID, which is now required for voting in person.

Texans now have three convenient ways to obtain an EIC: (All applicants for an EIC will need to present proof of citizenship and identity.)
  • By visiting ANY driver license office during regular business hours;
  • By visiting one of nearly 50 driver license offices that are now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 2nd, specifically to issue EICs only;
  • And now, by visiting one of these EIC mobile stations, which will make it even more convenient for eligible Texas voters to obtain an EIC closer to home.

Many Texans already have an approved form of ID, and will not need or qualify for an EIC. Acceptable forms of ID in addition to an EIC are:
  • Texas driver license issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

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For Texas and Liberty,
David Simpson

www.DavidSimpson.com
David@DavidSimpson.com


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Part 2: THIS is why elections matter

Jun 17, 2013 @ 10:48:57


State Representative David Simpson, District 7
This is part two of a two-part series! Click here to read part one.

Elections do have consequences. So, what consequences did the last election produce? Last week we discussed some general impressions of the 83rd Legislature...this week we've listed some specific successes and failures. As always, I would appreciate your thoughts on what has happened in YOUR legislature this session!

Some legislative successes of this session:
  • The UT Tyler Pharmacy School was privately funded (as opposed to using public funds)
  • Funding for public schools followed population growth (instead of lagging behind like last session)
  • Reduced onerous testing requirements for schools
  • Funding increased for the underfunded Teacher Retirement System and Employee Retirement System (the system still maintains unfunded liabilities but this was an improvement)
  • Reduced hours for CHL renewals
  • Stopped the expansion of ObamaCare into Texas
  • Legislators from both the right and the left banded together several times to defend our civil liberties


And also some failures:
  • All pro-life legislation was killed in committee. Nothing made it to the floor for a vote.
  • Campus carry and open carry both died
  • The TSA and Smart Meter Freedom bills both died in committee
  • The government expanded into the investment banking business (pending approval by voters in a ballot initiative)
  • Eminent domain reform died
  • Public borrowing transparency was not enhanced to the extent it needed to be (we need to know more about how much debt and unfunded liabilities exist in our state and local governments)
  • Spending increased significantly
  • We did not adequately address the long-term needs of education, water, and transportation infrastructure with current resources and proper planning
  • The legislature also passed an increase to their pension (which I have declined to register for). The legislature's pension is tied to judges' salaries. I supported the increase for judges but would like to see the two items disassociated.
  • Though cuts were originally made to corporate welfare, CPRIT funding was restored in the final budget. And another corporate welfare program was actually increased by $50 million. 

Now we have begun a special session in Austin on redistricting. Specifically, we will consider whether to formally adopt the existing court-drawn districts for U.S. Congress, Texas House and Senate seats. The court proceedings following the last legislature revealed that the legislature's maps were not drawn with complete propriety. Redistricting is an inherently political process, but that does not mean that we should stoop to underhanded tactics that undermine the rights of the minority without cause. We don't know all the options at this point for redistricting, so I will have to defer any thoughts on current proposals.

The Governor later added transportation infrastructure, abortion, and juvenile justice issues to the call. But we are more than half way through the special session and have yet to convene on the floor to consider any legislation.

What do you think of the 83rd Legislature? I appreciate your thoughts and of course your prayers for continued wisdom and guidance to represent the people of east Texas with integrity and prudence.



For Texas and Liberty,
David Simpson

www.DavidSimpson.com
David.Simpson@house.state.tx.us

Capitol Office
E1.416
P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910
TEL 512.463.0750 • FAX 512.463.9085
District Office
1705 Judson Rd., Suite D2, Longview, TX 75601
TEL 903.553.9226

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