Candidate Profile
David Simpson

Republican , Texas


David Simpson
State Senator, Dist. 1

Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

Right to Life TX, 2015:  100%
Empower Texans, 2015:  96%
Texas Values Action, 2015:  96%
Eagle Forum TX, 2015:  90%
Young Conservatives of TX (YCT), 2015:  90%



Liberal Organizations

Equality Texas, 2015:  D-




Reported by Candidate

Open Carry-Texarkana

Selected Contributions


Bryan Hughes, Charles Lee Perry, Chris Paddie, Cindy Burkett, Craig Goldman, Drew Springer and 31 more
Bryan Hughes, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Dan Patrick, Eagle Forum, Empower Texans, Jane Nelson and 14 more


American Association for Justice







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.


Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.


The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Both the dignity and depravity of humanity. God originally made humanity in his image, holy and happy, free and responsible. However, human nature is now corrupted by sin. Individual and government actions which harm others must be checked to preserve human life, liberty, and property. This consists of enforcing the rules between individuals and in government, punishing wrongdoers who harm their neighbor. Otherwise, we should be left alone, free, and responsible.

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None generally. However, if one were to come upon a situation in which one would have to choose between saving the mother or the baby, one would probably choose the most viable life if you could not save both.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that God has revealed himself in nature, the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, whom I seek to follow as my Lord and whom I trust as my Savior, by the Spirit and grace of God. I believe that God created and rules over all things for his glory and that the life and liberty of each human being is sacred. Each are made in God’s image to know and enjoy God, and to be stewards of his creation. I believe humanity now is corrupted by sin. God’s image is still integral to humanity, but the likeness is distorted in varying degrees, and human dignity is mixed with depravity. Actions which harm others may be checked by force to preserve human life and liberty. That is the legitimate role of civil government — justice and the protection of God-given individual rights. Otherwise, it should leave us alone. Civil magistrates, if granted excessive authority and opportunity, may act merely in their own interests and harm the people whom they are to protect.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I have been independently rated as one of the most conservative reps in the House for all three terms in which I have served. See their score &/or rank: 2015: Empower Texans (96, #10), Rice University (#8), Young Conservatives of Texas (90, #5), Texas Eagle Forum (90, #14), Concerned Women for America (100) 2013: ET (94, #11), Rice (#4), YCT (88, #13), TEF (93, #23), CWA (100) 2011: ET (A+, #17), YCT (91, #4), TEF (87, #14) Passed bill eliminating the tax on gold and silver. Supported repealing the Franchise tax. Filed bill to eliminate corporate welfare and redirect funds towards border security. Passed bill to hold those causing harm through synthetic drugs responsible. Passed amendment to protect patient info. and vaccine freedom. Fought against and amended bills that violated the Texas Constitution. Passed a rule to stop the House from bearing false witness about the time. Fought for consent when developing water projects in other regions. Fought to enforce the House rules.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you., 903-371-0963

Additional comment from candidate:

I would like to clarify my answer to your statement in question #12, "The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens." We do not have a pure democracy (which our founders despised), but a representative, constitutional republic where even the rights of the minority are protected. Our founders desired our government to protect the life, liberty, and property of individuals. They never envisioned the civil government's role as redistributing the fruit of someone's labor or taking someone's freedom away as long as one did not harm anyone.


  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, BA, 1983
  • Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Texas, 1979
  • Trinity Ministerial Academy, Montville, New Jersey, 1988
Work & Military
  • Avinger Timber LLC, President & CEO, Since 2001
  • Republic Group Inc. (formerly NYSE: RGC), Executive Vice-President-Paperboard, 2000
  • Republic Group Inc. (formerly NYSE: RGC), Manager of Mill Operations, 1998-2000
  • Simpson Publishing Company, Founder & Proprietor, Since 1989
  • Grace Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, TX, Member
  • Gregg County Republican Party, Member, contributor, volunteer
  • NRA & TSRA, Lifetime member
  • Gun Owners of America, Lifetime member
  • Mayor, City of Avinger, Texas, Held 1993-98
  • Texas State Rep., HD 7, Held 2011-Present

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