At a Glance
- Career History: practicing dentist, 1977-1998; member/speaker of Idaho House of Representatives, 1984-1998; Blackfoot City Council, 1980-1984
- Birthday: Sept. 8, 1950
- Hometown: Blackfoot, Ida.
- Alma Mater: Attended Utah State University; University of Washington, D.D.S., 1977
- Spouse: Kathy
- Religion: Mormon
- Committees: Appropriations; Budget
- DC Office: 2312 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-5531
- State/District Office: Boise, 208-334-1953; Idaho Falls, 208-523-6701; Twin Falls, 208-734-7219; Pocatello, 208-233-2222
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Path to Power
Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1950, Simpson would complete his professional dental degree at the University of Washington in 1977 before going to work for and taking over his father's practice.
Simpson continued practicing dentistry while pursuing a political career. In 1980, he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council before moving on to the state House in 1984, when he officially joined the Republicans despite lacking state party leaders' support.
Simpson has been among his party's more independent voters. During the 110th Congress, he voted the GOP line 89.2 percent of the time. Simpson was one of 40 Republicans to vote for the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance program in January 2009.
Simpson has taken a moderate stance on gun control issues. In 1999, after voting in favor of mandatory trigger locks with new handgun purchases, his local offices were deluged with complaints.
Simpson has a warm relationship with Minnick, Idaho's other representative who is a Democrat and entered the House in 2009. The two have held a series of public events together and have similar viewpoints on land-management issues. Simpson said he is happy to have Minnick as a liaison to the majority party and the White House.
Simpson is a longtime ally of Boehner. Boehner, Simpson and Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) are often seen smoking together while Congress is in session.