Michael Simpson

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Michael Simpson ()
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Budget
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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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.


Record and controversies

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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

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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]



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

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
General Atomics$ 25,600
IDACORP Inc$ 24,394
National Assn of Realtors$ 16,490
Potlatch Corp$ 14,192
Micron Technology$ 14,000
Hecla Mining$ 13,950
Lockheed Martin$ 12,600
JR Simplot Co$ 12,000
American Dental Assn$ 11,250
Micron Corp$ 11,100
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Simpson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

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 Michael Simpson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2312 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5531 Fax: 202-225-8216
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District offices
  • 802 West Bannock, Suite 600 Boise, ID 83702
    Ph: 208-334-1953 Fax: (none entered)
  • 490 Memorial Drive, Suite 103 Idaho Falls, ID 83402
    Ph: 208-523-6701 Fax: (none entered)
  • 801 East Sherman, Suite 194 Pocatello, ID 83201
    Ph: 208-478-4160 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1201 Falls Avenue East, Suite 25 Twin Falls, ID 83301
    Ph: 208-734-7219 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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See also


  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.

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