Tribpedia: David Simpson

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 ...

David Simpson Vies for Senate Upset of Bryan Hughes

State Reps. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and David Simpson, R-Longview, competed in a runoff in the GOP race for Senate District 1.
State Reps. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and David Simpson, R-Longview, competed in a runoff in the GOP race for Senate District 1.

A mere 13 votes allowed state Rep. David Simpson to sneak into a runoff in the Republican primary campaign to fill Sen. Kevin Eltife's open seat. Now, the Longview Republican faces a steeper challenge — garnering enough support to triumph over fellow state Rep. Bryan Hughes.

State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.
State Rep. Molly S. White, R-Belton, and Major General James K. "Red" Brown Jr.

Two Close Races May Be Heading to Recounts

Two of the closest races in Tuesday’s Texas Republican primary may not be over yet, as one candidate is requesting a recount and two others remain unclear which one of them made an expected runoff.

Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics" on March 8, 2015.
Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics" on March 8, 2015.

Inside Texas Politics: Mother, May I?

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey, talk turns to spending caps and constitutional amendments.

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Admissions Inquiry Takes Center Stage in UT Saga

Of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall’s allegations of misconduct at UT-Austin, none has gained as much traction as his assertion that there is "secret favoritism" for the politically connected in admissions.

Transparency in State Agency Operations Co-Chair, Rep. Dan Flynn, speaks to UT Law representatives during committee hearing on March 12th, 2013
Transparency in State Agency Operations Co-Chair, Rep. Dan Flynn, speaks to UT Law representatives during committee hearing on March 12th, 2013

Committee's Co-chairs Respond to Simpson's Concerns

In a letter to state Rep. David Simpson, the co-chairs of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations wrote that if he wanted to attend the committee's executive sessions, he would need to take it up with the House parliamentarian.