Mike Simpson

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Mike Simpson currently serves the 2nd Congressional district of Idaho

Michael Keith Simpson, a Republican, has represented the Second District of in the United States House of Representatives since 1999. The Capital city Boise is in his district. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Mike Simpson voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Simpson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Simpson condemned Senate GOP leaders for their treatment of Craig

Mike Simpson expressed his disbelief in the Senate leadership for their quick urge for Larry Craig (R-Idaho) to resign and their consistent isolation of the Senator."If that’s how they treat their own, that tells me they’re more interested in party than individuals," says Simpson. One Senate GOP aide assured that there was a great deal of compassion for him as a human being and a colleague. But that this issue was "bigger than him and that single Senate seat". Stan Brand of the Brand Law Group agreed with Simpson and stated, "It’s hard for me to believe [Craig’s treatment from Republicans] is because they’re worried about the public corruption issue." Craig also received support from The American Land Rights Association (ALRA) who persued a boycott of the Minneapolis airport where Craig was arrested.[2]

Bio

Background

Simpson was born September 8, 1950 in Burley, Idaho, and was educated at Utah State University and the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a dentist practicing in Blackfoot, Idaho before entering politics, being elected to the Blackfoot City Council in 1980. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature, where he served in the Idaho House of Representatives until 1998, the last six years as Speaker of the House.

Congressional Career

Simpson was first elected to the House in 1998.

On October 7, 2005 Simpson served as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the United States House of Representatives and presided over the vote on a Gasoline Security bill. Opponents of the bill charge that the legislation did little to help gas prices and merely provided tax breaks to oil companies. Simpson was presiding over the chamber during a vote that was scheduled to last 5 minutes, but stretched to 44 minutes. Simpson did not close the vote until a sufficient number of Republicans had been convinced to switch their votes. In the end, the majority voted in the affirmative to pass the bill by a 2-vote margin: 212-210, with 13 representatives not voting. The nay votes were from 196 Democrats, 13 Republicans, and 1 Independent.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Jim Hansen to face Simpson in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Hansen retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00006263&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Mike Simpson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Majority Caucus Chair, Idaho State House of Representatives, 1988
  • Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
  • Co-Chair, World Trade Organization Caucus for Ranchers and Farmers

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Honorary Board Member, Boys & Girls Club, Magic Valley Area, 2004
  • Member, Chambers of Commerce of Boise, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Twin Falls, 1998-2004
  • Former Member, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1416
  • Former Member, Idaho State Dental Association
  • Former Member, Rotary Club of Blackfoot

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Mike Simpson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
1339 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5531
Fax: 202-225-8216
Web Email
Website

District Office - Boise:
802 West Bannock, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-1953
Fax: 208-334-9533

District Office - Idaho Falls:
490 Memorial Drive, Suite 103
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: 208-523-6701
Fax: 208-523-2384

District Office - Pocatello:
801 East Sherman, Suite 194
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-478-4160
Fax: 208-478-4162

District Office - Twin Falls:
1201 Falls Avenue East, Suite 25
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-734-7219
Fax: 208-734-7244


Articles and Resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Betsy Rothstein and Elana Schor, "Lashing out at McConnell," The Hill, September 7, 2007.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
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Caucuses:
Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies, House Committee on Budget
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1998
First Took Current Office:
January 6, 1999
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Idaho House of Representatives, Blackfoot City Council
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District Offices:
1. 802 West Bannock, Suite 600 Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-1953 / Fax: 208-334-9533
2. 490 Memorial Drive, Suite 103 Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone: 208-523-6701 / Fax: 208-523-2384
3. 801 East Sherman, Suite 194 Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-478-4160 / Fax: 208-478-4162
4. 1201 Falls Avenue East, Suite 25 Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-734-7219 / Fax: 208-734-7244



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Date of Birth: September 8, 1950