“Rep. David Simpson is exactly the kind of leader that we need right now in the Texas House. He is bold and unflinching when it comes to defending our conservative Texas values,” said Pauken.
Pauken served as director of an agency during the Reagan Administration. He was later elected Chairman of the Texas Republican Party where from 1994 to 1997 he helped build the statewide Republican majority. Since that time, he has served in various appointed positions and written a book titled Bringing American Home.
Pauken continued, “David Simpson stood for conservative principles when he ran for the Texas Legislature in 2010, and he upheld those principles once in office. Unlike many politicians who campaign as conservatives to get elected only to ‘go along to get along’ once in office, David Simpson did what he thought was right even when it wasn't fashionable. We need to return Rep. Simpson to office so that he can continue to provide needed, principled leadership in Austin.”
Rep. Simpson responded, “Chairman Pauken has stood as a stalwart in the Republican Party for decades. His trust and endorsement are greatly appreciated.”
Rep. Simpson was elected in 2010 after defeating a 14-year incumbent in the primary. He ran on a platform of defending the Constitution, preserving East Texas family values, and restoring government to its proper, limited role. After his freshman session, Simpson received the “Taxpayer Champion” award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and the “Freshman of the Year” award from Young Conservatives of Texas; he was also named “Co-MVP of the Freshman Class” by Capitol Inside for his effectiveness as a legislator.