by Savannah Levins
After coming in second in the 2012 primary against Paul Broun, Milledgeville native Stephen K. Simpson has just announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for Georgia’s U.S. House of Representatives. He will be entering Georgia’s 10th district, which includes the cities of Athens, Eatonton, Jackson, Milledgeville, Monroe, Watkinsville and Winder.
The announcement was held at 11:00 AM this morning at Oconee Veterans Park in Watkinsville, Ga.
Simpson attended high school at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, earned his BBA in Management at Georgia College & State University, and received an MBA in Finance from Mercer University.
After college, Simpson served in the United States army for twenty years and retired as a Liutenant Colonel. He was an intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and served the Secretary of the Army in the Office of Congressional Liaison.
Simpson also ran for the 10th district in 2012, stating “I was born and raised here, graduated high school and college here, met and married my wife here and have voted here all my life. I don’t know how much more connected anyone can get to this district.”
Stephen and his wife Susan have two sons, Stephen, Jr. (wife, Hibernia Langley) and Scott (wife Katie).
Below are a few of Simpson’s issue platforms as stated on his campaign site, ssimpson.org:
- Washington must create an environment that develops and encourages small businesses to be started and to grow, which includes reducing the bureaucracy and overhauling our tax system.
- I believe abortion is wrong, period.
- We need better enforcement of current immigration laws by the federal government and real efforts to secure our borders
- I will work with other members of Congress to repeal [Obamacare] and ensure the world’s premier healthcare system is not dismantled by government regulation and interference.
- We as a country must look within our borders – not other countries – for energy solutions that will benefit us now and in the future.
- I will work to ensure that we restore the armed services funding needed so that our men and women are prepared and have the equipment they need to do their job.
- As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the Association of U.S. Army, and the Air Force Association, I proudly support the 2nd Amendment
- Federal regulators have a never-ending propensity to create new job-killing regulations that directly impact the 10th District’s number one industry – agriculture. I will work tirelessly to bring these regulators back to reality by all means necessary, so that we can grow jobs in the 10th District again.
Simpson will be on air with Martha Zoller Thursday at 7:15 AM. Tune in for more on his campaign.
Updated 7:30 am June 20, 2013. Here’s the audio from that interview:
From the press release:
SIMPSON TO SEEK CONGRESSIONAL SEAT
Army Veteran running for GOP nod for District 10 seat
Watkinsville, GA – Today, Stephen Simpson announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the open 10th Congressional district seat being vacated by Congressman Paul Broun. The 10th district includes parts of 25 counties throughout the heart of Georgia.
In front of a large crowd of friends and supporters at the Oconee Veterans Park, Simpson was joined by Oconee County Commission Chairman Melvin Davis and Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry.
“America is on the wrong track,” Simpson said. “We face a national debt that threatens national security, an administration incapable of telling the truth and new big-government health care laws that burden businesses and hurt American workers.” Simpson served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, including two tours in the Pentagon before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. “I took an oath as a young Army officer to uphold and defend the Constitution. When elected officials see no problem in encroaching on our constitutional liberties, I cannot stand by and watch.”
“We are over-taxed, over-regulated and over-litigated, and Georgia’s $72 billion agri-business is suffering under the strain of excessive federal regulation,” Simpson said. “I’m running because there’s a crisis of leadership in Washington, D.C. I’ve served my country before and I am ready to serve again,” Simpson said.
A native of Milledgeville, Simpson and his wife Susan of 40 years retained their Milledgeville residence throughout his military service, which took him and his family from Virginia to Arizona and two tours in Europe during the Cold War. At the Pentagon, Simpson served as an intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and later for the Secretary of the Army in the Office of Congressional Liaison. Since retiring from the military, Simpson has worked in the banking industry and has owned a small business. Simpson is an active member in his Church and community and enjoys flying, jogging, gardening, scuba diving, Braves baseball, and college football. Stephen and Susan have two sons, Stephen Jr. (wife Hibernia) and Scott (wife Katie and daughter Jillian).