|Name||Michael K. "Mike" Simpson|
Blackfoot, Idaho , United States
|| September 08, 1950
Feb 05, 2013 03:11am
Caucasian - Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Life - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Married - Latter Day Saints (Mormon) -
|Info||Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is serving his third term in the House of Representatives for Idaho�s Second Congressional District. |
Mike was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee in 2003. He is the first House member from Idaho to serve on the Appropriations Committee in more than 40 years. Simpson�s Appropriations Subcommittee assignments reflect Idaho�s diverse economy and concerns. Mike is on three subcommittees: Energy and Water Development; Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies; and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.
These three subcommittees have jurisdiction over some of Idaho�s most important institutions and services, including the INEEL, education, healthcare, veterans, water development, and the environment.
Simpson favors smaller government by transferring certain federal responsibilities back to the states. He believes in lowering taxes on married couples, eliminating the death tax and encouraging economic growth for small businesses. He is an advocate of a strong national defense and promoting a stable agriculture economy. Mike has a passion for Idaho�s resources and worked to reform the 1906 Antiquities Act and bring a balanced, fair approach to environmental management. Mike also gained national attention for his bill to split the massive, overburdened 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and create a 12th Circuit Court.
During his first term, Simpson helped establish a bipartisan congressional caucus to talk about the needs of farmers and ranchers in the World Trade Organization. Simpson co-chaired the 60-member caucus and attended the WTO meetings to ensure agriculture needs were addressed. Mike is also well known across Idaho for his neighborhood farm chats, where local producers and farmers give input on current agricultural conditions.
Simpson has become one of the House�s leading advocates for a new energy policy and a renewed commitment to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies. He is a Member of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus and supports increased use of renewable and alternative energy sources as a means of reducing our reliance on foreign oil.
His political career began in 1980, when he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature where he served until 1998. His positions included Majority Caucus Chairman and Assistant Majority Leader in the Idaho House of Representatives, along with Speaker of the House from 1992 to 1998. Mike is a member of the Idaho Republican Party Hall of Fame.
Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho on September 8, 1950, and raised in Blackfoot where he spent his summers moving irrigation pipe. He graduated from Utah State University and Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the family dental practice in Blackfoot.
Mike is an avid golfer, sporting a handicap of six. He is a fervent reader and enjoys painting outdoor and nature scenes using graphite pencil, watercolors and oils. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 32 years