Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson

IDAHO's 2nd DISTRICT

Simpson’s Statement on the FY2018 Budget

2017/05/23

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement addressing the Administration’s FY18 Budget.

“Now that Congress has received the Administration’s FY18 budget, my colleagues and I will give serious thought and discussion to the proposals that the President has put forward.  I look forward to carefully reviewing the President’s request in the coming weeks so that Congress can get to work on funding bills for fiscal year 2018, which begins in just a few short months. Although we are starting the process later than normal this year, our subcommittee will do what it does every year; scrutinize the request and hold hearings with administration officials to inform our line-by-line funding decisions. This is the responsibility entrusted to the Congress by the Constitution, and we take that obligation very seriously.

“The Administration deserves credit for taking our nation’s fiscal crisis seriously, but I hope that in the coming years we can begin the conversation on addressing the real drivers of our debt, which remain untouched by the yearly appropriations process. Mandatory programs remain on autopilot and continue to grow, dwarfing all other government programs in terms of spending. That is why I will continue to advocate for “going big” with a package of spending cuts paired with tax and entitlement reform, as it is the only way we will truly put our country back on solid fiscal footing.”

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Gateway West Agreement Signed Into Law

2017/05/05

On Friday, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law which includes Congressman Simpson's agreement on the Gateway West Transmission Line.

“I applaud President Trump for signing the fiscal year 2017 appropriations legislation into law,” said Congressman Simpson. “This bill contains many important provisions for Idaho including an agreement that allows the Gateway West Transmission line to pursue an Idaho-based solution while enhancing the Birds of Prey conservation area. This is a win-win for Idahoans.”

“We are delighted this provision was signed into law,” stated Danielle Murray, Senior Director of Programs for the National Conservation Lands. “This law expands protections for the unique raptor and eagle habitat in southern Idaho, while also allowing for the development of much needed energy infrastructure.”

“I'm grateful to Congressman Simpson, our delegation and key stakeholders for helping advance a critical economic development priority for Idaho,” Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “The Gateway West transmission line has been held up by federal bureaucracy for far too long, so I'm pleased to see legislation on this important infrastructure project finally moving forward.”

The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Boundary Modification Act allows the transmission line to be routed using the preferred alternative of the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and is supported by the State of Idaho and Idaho Power. The agreement also includes land in the NCA being removed from NCA status and managed as BLM multiple use land. In exchange, the Birds of Prey NCA will receive enhanced mitigation and conservation measures and an additional 4,800 acres will be added to the NCA.

The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Boundary Modification Act was cosponsored by Congressman Raul Labrador and received support from Senator Jim Risch and Senator Mike Crapo. The legislation is also supported by conservation groups and the State of Idaho.

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Simpson Supports Obamacare Repeal, Healthcare Reforms

2017/05/04

On Thursday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the American Health Care Act which passed the House of Representatives by 217-213. The legislation is a repeal and replacement plan for Obamacare.

“I voted against the passage of Obamacare and I have voted to repeal it over 60 times,” said Simpson. “Many members promised the American public that they would repeal and replace Obamacare and this vote is the first step to fulfilling that promise. I believe in keeping my promises.”

Specifically, H.R. 1628 begins the process of replacing Obamacare with provisions that lower premiums and provide more choices for health coverage. The Congressional Budget Office found that premiums will be 10% lower under this legislation. One such mechanism to do this is to provide over $130 billion to Patient and State Stability Funds to lower costs and stabilize insurance markets, including a dedicated fund for states to expand services for mental health, addiction treatment, and further support for patients with pre-existing conditions. The bill also eliminates the most burdensome Obamacare mandates such as the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and numerous tax increases that have driven up health care costs.

“The Affordable Care Act is unsustainable given its current trajectory. The thought of a total collapse in the health care market is simply too dangerous to ignore given the stakes. The question today was to stick with Obamacare or to start the process of fixing our broken health care system.  The American Health Care Act is the only opportunity we have to start that replacement process.  It is not perfect given the limited scope of reconciliation rules, but to fix health care we need to start somewhere.”

The legislation includes an amendment to provide additional support for people with pre-existing conditions. Importantly, states may not – under any circumstance - ever obtain a waiver for pre-existing condition protection, prohibition on gender discrimination,  guaranteed issue and renewability, or for the right of dependents to stay on a family plan up to the age 26.

In March, the House also passed two health care reform bills that will lower costs through increased competition. The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act is a policy change that Congressman Simpson has long cosponsored and supported.  The legislation would level the playing field by removing the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s federal antitrust exemption for health insurance businesses. Congressman Simpson voted in favor of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act which passed by a large bipartisan vote of 416-7.

The Small Business Health Fairness Act would allow small businesses to join together to offer coverage through association health plans thus providing another option for purchasing health insurance and creating competition. The legislation also passed the House with bipartisan support of 236-175. 

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Simpson Praises FY17 Omnibus Wins for Idaho

2017/05/03

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the House passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. 

“This is a comprehensive and responsible package that contains many significant wins for Idaho and Western States, and will avoid a government shut down,” said Simpson.  “It is the product of this past year’s worth of thoughtful deliberation and line-by-line analysis of every program in the federal budget.  Funding our government through short term Continuing Resolutions is unsustainable, and, frankly, not a responsible way to govern.   Through this agreement, Congress has fulfilled its duty of keeping our government open, and while no one got everything they wanted in the final package, we have paved the way back to regular order in the weeks and months to come.”

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, Simpson had a key role in deciding funding levels for Department of Energy and Department of Interior programs, including the following highlights:  

Energy and Water Development

“The Energy and Water section of this bill makes critical investments into nuclear energy research and development programs and funds much needed infrastructure improvements at the Idaho National Laboratory,” said Chairman Simpson.  “It will enhance the current capabilities of the nation’s lead nuclear lab and building new, unique capabilities that are essential to maintaining U.S. leadership in this field.  This bill also makes significant investments in nonproliferation and grid security programs, where INL plays a leading role.  INL and its world class workforce is a national gem, and I am proud that this bill recognizes that. ”

The fiscal year (FY) 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill sets funding for the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy at $1.02 billion, an increase of $30 million above fiscal year 2016 and $23 million above the President’s request.  Nuclear energy research and development programs that receive funding within the overall $1.02 billion allocation include:
  • The Idaho Facilities Management account, which covers infrastructure maintenance and improvement at INL, is funded at $238 million – an increase of $11 million above the President’s request. 
  •  INL’s Safeguards and Security Program is funded at $129.3 million – an increase of $3.1 million over fiscal year 2016.
  • The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program is funded at $115.1 million – an increase of $3.5 million above fiscal year 2016 and $26 million above the request. 
  • Small Modular Reactor Licensing Support Programs are funded at $95 million.  This funding supports NuScale Power’s Small Modular Reactor which is proposed for construction in Idaho.
  • The Light Water Reactor Sustainability program, which is managed by INL and promotes the continued safe operation of America’s existing nuclear reactors, is funded at $40 million.
  • Within the Fuel Cycle Research and Development program, the Advanced Fuels program is funded at $68 million—a $6 million increase from fiscal year 2016; and Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition research and development is funded at $85 million.
  • Within the Office of Naval Reactors, the bill includes $75.1 million for the operation of the Advanced Test Reactor to accelerate planned reliability-related infrastructure upgrades, and $100 million is included for the Spent Fuel Handling Recapitalization Project.
  • Within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the bill includes $9 million for the development of an Electric Grid Test Bed program to enhance existing full-scale electric grid testing capabilities like those at Idaho National Laboratory.
  • Within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, $7 million is included to continue performance testing and life cycle diagnostic assessment activities that validate and verify advanced battery performance.

The bill also provides $382 million for cleanup activities associated with the Idaho Cleanup Project and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project co-located on the Idaho desert with INL.  The funding level of $382 million will allow the significant cleanup activities currently underway to continue.  Finally, the bill includes an additional $4 million for the National Spent Fuel Program, putting the unique expertise of INL to work in order to provide solutions for managing the Department of Energy’s inventories of spent nuclear fuel.


Interior and Environment

The Interior bill is possibly the most important legislative vehicle Westerners have,” said Congressman Simpson. “The fiscal year 2017 bill provides full funding to fight wildfires, funding for wildfire prevention programs, full funding for PILT, provisions that rein in the EPA, and more. I am also extremely pleased to see my legislation on Gateway West included in the bill. This important compromise is an Idaho solution that will benefit the Birds of Prey and Idaho Ratepayers.” 

  • Includes Congressman Simpson’s legislation that addresses the routing of the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA).
  • Provides $4.2 billion in wildfire programs including $407 million in emergency funding. The bill fully funds the 10 year average for wildfire suppression for both Department of the Interior and the Forest Service.
  • Includes full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which compensates counties for the losses in property tax as a result of a high percentage of federal land.  Idaho counties received $29,370,334 in PILT funding for FY16.
  • Provides $570 million for hazardous fuels reduction activities—a $25 million increase over FY16.
  • Cuts EPA funding by $209 million below the former President’s budget request which is $81.4 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Importantly, the bill reduces EPA regulatory programs by $52 million and $300 million below the former President’s request.
  • The legislation also provides the new Administration flexibility to review and rewrite the “Waters of the United States” rule, the “Clean Power Plan,” and other environmental regulations.
  • Provides $1 million to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves.
  • Language which prevents listing of sage grouse as an endangered species.
  • Directs EPA, U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), and DOE to establish clear policies regarding the carbon neutrality of biomass which is an important energy source and part of an all of the above energy strategy.
  • Continues language making litigation costs more transparent and extending requirements that litigants exhaust administrative review before litigating grazing issues in Federal court.
  • Provides an $81 million increase for the National Park Service to help reduce the deferred maintenance backlog. 


Agriculture

“Whether it is resources for our farmers and ranchers or research that guarantees a safe and efficient food supply, USDA plays a vital role in Idaho,” said Congressman Simpson. “Funding in this bill supports important commodities and recognizes the needs of rural communities in Idaho that are feeding the world. It is encouraging to see continued support for the sheep station and other activities in Idaho.”

  • Provides increased funding for the USDA Rural Utilities Service Circuit Rider program which helps fund rural communities to provide safe and affordable drinking water.
  • Provides increased funding for National Institutes of Food and Agriculture potato research.
  • Includes language urging USDA to use existing authorities to create additional risk management tools for dairy farmers.


Defense

“The A-10 continues to show its value in close air support missions in the fight against ISIS and it is imperative that they continue to remain available as a tool for our brave men and women in combat,” said Simpson.  “There will be a time when they will need to be replaced.  However, until an appropriate replacement can be identified, it continues to merit our support.”

  • The Defense portion of the bill provides funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt II which is based at Gowen Field in Boise, the headquarters for the Idaho National Guard and is essential to the mission there. The bill also includes:
  • Provides a 2.1% pay raise for over 1.3 million active-duty troops and 810,000 Guard and Reserve troops.

 
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

“The Labor H bill touches the lives of every American,” said Congressman Simpson. “In Idaho, Impact Aid is important to the counties and school districts that are impacted by federal activities and I’m glad this bill honors that responsibility. I’m also extremely pleased with the funding increase for NIH. Simply put, this money saves lives and improves the health of Americans.”

  • $1.3 billion—a $23 million dollar increase over FY16 for Impact Aid which benefits Idaho counties and schools. 
  • Provides for a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue lifesaving research initiatives.
  • Provides a $650 million increase to address the nation’s opioid addiction crisis through prevention and treatment initiatives.  


The House passed H.R. 244 by a vote of 309-118, and it will be considered by the U.S. Senate later this week.  Links to the bill text and reports can be found here: https://rules.house.gov/bill/115/hr-244

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Simpson Secures Gateway West Transmission Line Agreement in Omnibus

2017/05/03

On Wednesday, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act by a vote of 309-118. The legislation includes Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raul Labrador’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Boundary Modification Act, which addresses the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA).  Idaho Senator Jim Risch, who sits on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, played a key role in gathering support for the proposal in the Senate which led to its inclusion in a final package. The Gateway West legislation is also supported by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.

The compromise agreement allows the transmission line to be routed using the preferred alternative of the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and is supported by the State of Idaho and Idaho Power. The agreement also includes land in the NCA being removed from NCA status and managed as BLM multiple use land. In exchange, the Birds of Prey NCA will receive enhanced mitigation and conservation measures and an additional 4,800 acres will be added to the NCA. These balanced conservation provisions were agreed to by key stakeholders.

“I am very grateful to Chairman Calvert and Chairman Murkowski for allowing our agreement into the legislation,” said Congressman Simpson. “Without consensus from pragmatic organizations like Conservation Lands Foundation and Idaho Power, this would simply not be possible. I am pleased this bill is moving forward and I am thrilled with the savings for Idaho ratepayers and benefits to an important conservation area in Idaho.”

“While I opposed many things about the Omnibus bill, I am grateful to Congressman Simpson for his leadership in making sure our bill was included in the final package,” said Congressman Labrador. The Gateway West project will have a significant, positive impact on Idaho and I will continue working with Congressman Simpson and our Senators to see this project to the finish line.”

“We are delighted to see the House pass the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Boundary Modification Act,” stated Danielle Murray, Senior Director of Programs for the National Conservation Lands. “This legislation expands protections for the unique raptor and eagle habitat in southern Idaho, while also allowing for the development of much needed energy infrastructure.”

“I'm grateful to Congressman Simpson, our delegation and key stakeholders for helping advance a critical economic development priority for Idaho,” Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “The Gateway West transmission line has been held up by federal bureaucracy for far too long, so I'm pleased to see legislation on this important infrastructure project finally moving forward.” 

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Simpson Releases Statement on Military Strikes in Syria

2017/04/07

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement regarding the U.S. military strikes in Syria:

“I support the President’s action against the Assad regime. The United States of America took a strong stand tonight against the unfathomable act Bashar al-Assad conducted this week by murdering innocent men, women and children with a chemical attack.”

 

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Simpson, Labrador Introduce Agreement on Gateway West Transmission Line

2017/03/27

Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raul Labrador have introduced legislation to address the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA).  The project – jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power - will construct and operate 1,000 miles of high voltage transmission line across Wyoming and Idaho and creates more than 1,200 jobs and represents $3.5 billion in economic investment. The legislation is a compromise agreement between key stakeholders in Idaho including the State of Idaho, Idaho Power, and conservation organizations.

The compromise agreement will allow the transmission line to be routed using the preferred alternative of the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and is supported by the State of Idaho and Idaho Power. The agreement also includes land in the NCA being removed from NCA status and managed as BLM multiple use land. In exchange, the Birds of Prey NCA will receive enhanced mitigation and conservation measures and an additional 4,800 acres will be added to the NCA. These balanced conservation provisions were agreed to by key stakeholders.

“This agreement is a perfect example of collaboration resulting in a win-win solution,” said Congressman Simpson. “I applaud the Conservation Lands Foundation and Idaho Power for their pragmatic approach to a complex issue which will result in both savings for Idaho ratepayers and conservation benefits to the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. I also appreciate the work of the BLM, who helped create this vision and will ultimately be tasked with the heavy lifting of implementation.”

“This bill represents the conclusion of years of hard work by stakeholders,” said Congressman Labrador.  “The Gateway West project will have a significant positive impact on Idaho.  I am looking forward to moving this bill through the Natural Resources Committee and working with Representative Simpson and our Senators to see this project to the finish line.”

The legislation was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation is also supported by Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo who were instrumental in building consensus on the agreement.

“This legislation is the culmination of a common-sense, consensus agreement between state and local representatives to best provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward,” said Senator Risch. “I applaud Congressman Mike Simpson for taking the lead and introducing this bill in the House of Representatives and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to enact this legislation into law.  I also want to thank Idaho Power and the Conservation Lands Foundation for their work--finding a balanced solution that best suits Idaho.”

“This legislation is necessary to ensure the voices of local property owners and stakeholders are truly represented in the siting of this project,” said Senator Mike Crapo.

“The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area was designated in 1993 to protect the greatest concentration of nesting raptors in North America. It is extraordinary habitat,” stated Danielle Murray, Senior Director at the Conservation Lands Foundation. “This legislation expands protections for raptors and eagles while allowing for the development of much needed energy infrastructure. We thank BLM for all their work to protect this region and to Rep. Mike Simpson and Idaho Power for their willingness to engage with stakeholders to develop a sensible solution to a complex problem.”

"I'm grateful to Congressman Simpson and our delegation for helping advance an important economic development priority for Idaho," Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said. "We have been working on the Gateway West transmission line throughout my tenure as governor. I'm hopeful that this legislation, along with the support of key stakeholders, will finally move this critical infrastructure improvement forward."

The agreement also has the support of key conservation groups in Idaho including the Idaho Conservation League, The Nature Conservancy, and The Wilderness Society.

"The Idaho Conservation League supports this solution to a difficult challenge,” said ICL Executive Director Rick Johnson. We appreciate the diligent work of Rep. Mike Simpson, Conservation Lands Foundation, and other partners to provide as close to a win-win solution as can be imagined. Personally, having worked on the creation of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area with Rep. Larry LaRocco in 1993, I am pleased to see how this resolution further the goals of that designation and provides a forward path for our region's energy infrastructure."

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Simpson Supports Bill to Improve VA and Protects 2nd Amendment for Veterans

2017/03/17

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson this week supported legislation to improve hiring practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to protect the Second Amendment Rights of veterans.

H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act, gives the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for performance or misconduct.  This bill was introduced to streamline administrative action against underperforming employees at VA facilities.  The bill also ensures protections for whistleblowers.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve the best possible healthcare, administered by the best possible providers,” said Simpson.  “I applaud efforts to hold bad actors accountable, and this legislation will help the VA do just that.”

H.R. 1367, a bill to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of VA, would create staffing, recruitment, and retention programs to ensure that VA hires and retains the best and brightest in the field. 

“This legislation will ensure that VA is hiring and retaining top quality physicians for our veterans while streamlining bureaucratic hiring processes,” said Simpson.  “It puts our focus exactly where it should be—providing efficient and effective medical care to veterans.”

H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, would protect the 2nd Amendment rights of veterans who have been appointed a fiduciary from the VA.  Currently, such veterans are labeled mentally incompetent and their names are sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Criminal Background Check System.  This has the potential to prohibit these veterans from legally purchasing or owning a firearm.  H.R. 1181 would require a magistrate or judicial authority ruling declaring that the beneficiary is a danger to themselves or others before VA can label them “mentally defective.”

“The right to due process should be afforded to all citizens, especially to the men and women who protect this right for their fellow Americans,” emphasized Simpson.

All three bills were passed by the House of Representatives and will now move to the U.S. Senate for further review and action.


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Simpson Issues Statement on Budget Blueprint

2017/03/16

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement concerning the release of President Trump’s Budget Blueprint.

“The Administration’s budget blueprint has given us a sense of what President Trump’s priorities will be in the coming fiscal year. I look forward to receiving the full budget soon so that Congress can get to work and get back to regular order in our budget and appropriations process. Once we receive the full budget, our subcommittee will do what it does every year; it will scrutinize the request and hold hearings with administration officials to inform our line-by-line funding decisions. The power of the purse ultimately lies with Congress, and it is Congress that will need to strike the balance between cutting unnecessary programs and protecting vital ones that foster economic growth and increase national security.”


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Simpson Votes to Fund Our Troops and A-10

2017/03/09

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised passage of H.R. 1301, the Fiscal Year (FY) 17 Defense Appropriations bill.  Simpson supported the legislation which fulfills the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense by funding the Department of Defense.

“This bill provides our troops with the tools necessary to keep us safe at home and abroad while providing service members and their families with the support they deserve,” said Simpson.  “With an ever-changing enemy, we have to ensure our military is ready to protect us from those who want to do us harm.”

Crucially, the bill also provides funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which currently operates at Gowen Field in Boise, and is essential to the mission there.  The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contained language preventing the retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

The bill also provides for a 2.1% pay raise for over 1.3 million active-duty and 810,000 Guard and Reserve troops authorized in the FY17 NDAA.

H.R. 1301 passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 371-48.


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Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is serving his eighth term in the House of Representatives for Idaho’s Second Congressional District.

Mike serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He also serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. These committees have jurisdiction over funding for a number of programs critical to Idaho, including the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, our National Parks, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Smithsonian Institute.

Simpson is one of the House’s leading advocates for a new energy policy and a renewed commitment to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies. Mike has also gained national attention for his bill to split the massive, overburdened 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as his bill, the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act which addresses the concerns of economic growth and stability for rural Idaho and resolves long time wilderness debate over the Boulder-White Clouds.

His political career began in 1980, when he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature where he served until 1998, the last six years serving as Speaker. Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho and raised in Blackfoot. He graduated from Utah State University and earned his DMD from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the Simpson Family Dental Practice in Blackfoot.

Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys painting. He has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years and they live in Idaho Falls.


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Raul Labrador

IDAHO's 1st DISTRICT

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