Personal Profile

Full Name David Simpson
Age 56
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 is the representative of Texas’ House District 7, first elected in 2010. The district includes Gregg and Upshur Counties.

He is serving on the Agriculture & Livestock and the Criminal Jurisprudence committees. Simpson previously served on the House County Affairs and Land & Resource Management committees.

Simpson has received 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.

Simpson works as the president and CEO 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. as Manager of Mill Operations, and later Executive Vice President-Paperboard. He was a director of the company from 1994 to 1998 and again in 2000 until it was sold.

He 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. Simpson served on the Ark-Tex Regional Review Committee in 1996. In 1998 he left Avinger for a job at the Republic Group.

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.

Simpson 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.

He and his wife, Susan, live in Longview and have seven children, along with two grandsons. Simpson and his family enjoy hiking, target shooting, and horseback riding together. The Simpson family are active members of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, where he has regularly led the prayer meeting and occasionally taught.

Information in this bio was provided by Simpson's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.