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Jan 26, 2015 @ 04:18:15

 



Session Continues…

After the flurry of activity of the first few days of session the House adjourned for a long weekend. My family and I returned to Longview to spend the time at home, visit with constituents, attend two weddings and worship. 

On Sunday evening, I also attended the Martin Luther King Community Worship Service held at the Bethel Baptist Church in Longview, which is pastored by the Rev. Lamar Jones. During the service Hannah Brown, a Longview High School student and the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Longview, was recognized for her award-winning essay about the legacy of Martin Luther King and its impact on her own life. Pastor Butch Tanner, from Oakland Heights Baptist Church, brought an important message from Matthew’s gospel about love’s superiority to mere tolerance.   

 
New Leadership in the Capitol
 
 
Back in Austin, it was a busy Tuesday as thousands of Texans flooded the Capitol grounds to participate in the inaugural events and witness the inaugurations of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott. The day began with the Inaugural Prayer Service held at the First Baptist Church. 
 

The next inaugural event of the day was the Oath of Office Ceremony. My wife and I joined Boy Scout Troop 201 from Longview, the Apache Bells from Tyler, and hundreds of others to witness Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott take their oaths of office and listen to their inaugural speeches, with both acknowledging the grace and providence of God.  

Celebratory events followed the Oath of Office Ceremony. My wife and I enjoyed the inaugural parade and inaugural ball with colleagues and fellow citizens. It was great to see so many Texans, of all ages and from all walks of life, travel to the Capitol to observe and participate in the inaugural events.
 
Hurry up and Wait . . . .
 
In the midst of the inaugural events, the House of Representatives convened for a short session promptly at 9:30 a.m. Requests for committee assignments were also turned in on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
 

So now we await the announcement of committees to begin our work. I requested committees where I believe I can best address issues of concern to my constituents.
 
Texas Rally for Life
 

Thursday and Friday I worked with my staff on legislation. Then on Saturday, my wife, daughters, and I joined thousands of other Texans in a march to the Capitol for the Texas Rally for Life where we heard former Planned Parenthood worker, Abby Johnson, Texas' First Lady Celia Abbott, Alliance for Life's Dr. Joe Pojman, and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speak about the preciousness of all human life. I am grateful we have made some progress in curtailing abortion, but much more work is needed to protect all innocent human life in the womb. I look forward to supporting that effort again this session. Without life, liberty is impossible. 

Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the Texas House. I covet your prayers and welcome your input.

For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson
 
Click HERE for upcoming events at the Capitol

Recent Articles & Video:
(In case you missed it)

Longview News-Journal, January 20, 2015: "Finance reports: Etlife holds $2 million war chest"

84th Texas Legislature Election Sermon by Pastor Richard Halbgewachs, January 13th, 2015
 

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Opening Week

Jan 19, 2015 @ 07:35:07

 


State Representative David Simpson, District 7

Opening Week of the 84th Legislature 

On Tuesday I was sworn-in as State Representative of District Seven for a third term. 
I congratulate all of the members of the Texas House of Representatives who were sworn-in, as well as the Honorable Joe Straus for being re-elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. I am proud of Representative Scott Turner too for running the race for Speaker with principle, grace, and humility.

The 84th Regular Session began at noon, and although there was much excitement, a long and difficult journey lies ahead of us. There are many competing priorities requiring much wisdom, lengthy processes demanding stamina and alertness, and abundant opportunities to live by faith while making tough choices and explaining them. For the next 19 weeks of session, my staff and I will be seeking to apply the principles of liberty and proper limited government to thousands of pieces of legislation. I welcome your input in this process and covet your prayers that we will do what is right for the constituents of District Seven and Texas.
 

Election Sermon

After session was adjourned on our first day, nearly 200 legislators, staff, and constituents assembled for an Election Sermon, prayer, and thanksgiving in the Capitol Auditorium. The event was sponsored by more than 140 legislators and other elected officials.



What is an Election Sermon?
Beginning in the 17th century and continuing into the middle of the 19th century, at the beginning of each civil year in conjunction with the general election, legislative and executive officers would commonly request ministers to deliver public sermons to the newly elected political bodies. This fact indicates that Colonial leaders, the founding fathers, and numerous statesmen in subsequent generations did not ban the influence of religion on the civil government, as is commonly urged in our day. On the contrary, they invited it, encouraged it, and deemed it essential for the stability and preservation of a good government and society. It is a great blessing that this tradition continues in Texas today.

Click here to watch the service.



Thank you, Reverend Justin Braun, for giving the invocation seeking God’s blessing on the 84th Legislature and order with liberty in our society. Thank you, Pastor Richard Halbgewachs, for preaching the Election Sermon from 2 Samuel 23:3-5 about “the must, the measure, and the mercy” that is so essential in civil leadership. Thank you, Pastor Ryan Ross, for interceding for the legislative session and offering the benediction. Thank you, Sonny Lowrance and the members of Oak Hill Primitive Baptist Church, for leading us in song to acknowledge our need for wisdom, grace, and justice and to ask God’s blessing on our state. And thanks to all of the constituents, legislators, family, and friends who were able to attend and join me in prayer and worship. Please continue to pray for all of the legislators, legislative families, staff, and constituents during this year's session. 


First Things First

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson

On Thursday the House of Representatives convened to discuss, amend, and vote on the House Rules of Procedure. Many of you may have heard me talk about the House clock and how time can appear to stand still in Austin. I am pleased to announce that practice ended Thursday with passage of my Honest Clock Amendment with the support of House leadership and with no objections from members. If we can be honest with the small matters, I am more hopeful that we can be transparent and honest with much more important matters.



The amendment requires the journal clerk to determine and enter into the journal an official clock of record for the House. All times and deadlines for the House must be based on that clock and it may not be altered, set back, or tampered with in any way to deviate from the standard time. 

Unfortunately, I was not so successful in passing other amendments that would have made conference committee processes more transparent. However, leadership and other members acknowledged the problem and indicated support for working with the Senate to improve this process.
 

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and participate in Opening Day events.


It was a pleasure to have family, friends, and constituents witness my inauguration. I also want to thank all of District Seven for giving me the privilege of being your state representative. 

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For Texas and Liberty,
David Simpson

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

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 20, from 9 to 10 A.M.—Governor's Inaugural Prayer Service at First Baptist Church in Austin.

Tuesday, January 20, from 11 A.M. to 12  P.M.Inauguration of the Governor and Lt. Governor on the South Steps of the Capitol.

Tuesday, January 20, from 12:15 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.Inauguration Barbeque held at West Capitol Grounds.

Tuesday, January 20, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. —Inauguration Parade.

Tuesday, January 20, 8 P.M. to 11 P.M.—The Future of Texas Ball held at the Austin Convention Center


Recent Articles & Videos
(In case you missed it)

January 13th, 2015—84th Texas Legislature Election Sermon by Pastor Richard Halbgewachs

January 10, 2014, Longview News-Journal Op-Ed., “Speaker Politics”

December 30, 2014, Letter to Incoming Freshmen Legislators (see below)

 


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Final Preparations

Jan 12, 2015 @ 02:25:50

 


State Representative David Simpson, District 7

Final Week before the 84th Legislature

During this week my staff and I met with individual constituents, superintendents, and law-enforcement officers to listen, learn and answer questions. It was good as well to visit with a number of you by phone.

On Monday evening it was a blessing to see many of you at We The People Longview and to talk about some of what we can expect in the upcoming legislative session. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it on its website here.
 

On Tuesday evening my staff, family, and I were honored and blessed by numerous ministers, family, friends, and other constituents who joined us for a commissioning service at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Longview prior to the commencement of the Legislature next week.
 
Pastor and Mrs. Wayne Mays
 
I would like to publicly thank the pastors J. D. Palmer, Tom McDaniels, Lewis Thompson, Dr. Cary Hilliard, Wayne Mays and Rodney McFarland for bringing the charges, praying, and leading us in praise, and pastors Eric Love, John Greene, and Bob Cammack for moderating and assisting with the town hall that followed. It was a great blessing and encouragement to hear the Word of God expounded and applied, to pray and to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Thanks to all who came as well and participated.
 
 
On Thursday I attended a meeting of the Texas Water Development Board. Regrettably, it imposed the revised Region C Water Planning Group’s plan to build the Marvin Nichols Reservoir in East Texas for Dallas/Fort Worth without the consent of the members of the Region D Water Planning Group representing northeast Texas. In response to this egregious “resolution” of the interregional conflict, I filed House Bill 632 to prohibit a regional water plan from including a water project in another regional water planning area unless two-thirds of the members of the regional water planning group for that area consent to the proposal.

On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning I was asked to attend a legislative boot camp for freshmen legislators to relate lessons that I learned as a freshman and to talk about applying the House rules. Here is a letter that I prepared for them:

 
Next Tuesday at noon, I will be sworn-in again as your Representative of District Seven in the Texas House of Representatives. I welcome you to come. If you do, plan to come early. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m., but there is limited room. If you do come, be sure and come by my office at E2.502 in the Capitol Extension. We will have a reception in the office following the commencement of the legislature.
 
 At 4 p.m. an Election Sermon will be delivered in the Capitol Auditorium. You are cordially invited to attend. 
 
Thank you again for the privilege of representing you in the Texas House. I covet your prayers.
 
For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Noon—Commencement of the 84th Legislature
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. or an hour after adjournment (whichever is later)—An Election Sermon will be delivered in the Capitol Auditorium and followed by a reception in the Legislative Conference Center in Room E2.002.
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.—Inauguration of the Governor and Lt. Governor on the south steps of the Capitol
 
(Call 512-463-0750 if you need more information about these events.)
 

Recent Articles

(In case you missed it.)
 
Longview News-Journal Op-Ed., January 10, 2014: “Speaker Politics”
 
Dallas Morning News Editorial, December 30: “Texas’ asset forfeiture laws require changes”
 
Newsletter, December 25: “Growing Good Government”
 
Longview News-Journal Op-Ed., December 13, 2014: “Government and Fences”
 
www.DavidSimpson.com
David.Simpson@house.state.tx.us


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