Personal Profile

Full Name David Simpson
Age 53
Hometown Longview
Race White
Occupation President and C.E.O. of Avinger Timber L.L.C.
Education B.A., Vanderbilt University
Spouse: Susan Simpson
Religion Baptist
Church Grace Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant

David Simpson was elected state representative of House District 7 in 2010, defeating a seven-term incumbent. He was re-elected in 2012, unopposed in the Republican Primary and the General Election. District 7 is comprised of Gregg and Upshur Counties. Simpson serves on the House County Affairs and Land & Resource Management committees.

In just his first session, Simpson earned the “Taxpayer Champion” award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and the “Freshman of the Year” award from Young Conservatives of Texas; he was also named “Co-MVP of the Freshman Class” by Capitol Inside for his effectiveness as a legislator.

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 27 years. They live in Longview and have seven children, ranging in age from eight to twenty-four, and two grandsons. The youngest three are still at home. David and his family enjoy hiking, target shooting, and horseback riding together.

David and his family are active members of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, where he has regularly led the prayer meeting and occasionally taught.

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 Mayor in 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.