Justin Simmons is serving his second term as state representative for the 131st Legislative District. He was born in Pennsylvania, raised in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Saint Joseph’s University.
Justin learned a great deal about public service while serving as an intern for Congressman Pat Toomey. He later served as a legislative aide for state Sens. Rob Wonderling and Bob Mensch, during which time he conducted research for legislation, ran the Northampton County district office and attended events within the district.
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Justin’s political experience also includes serving as Republican committeeman within Lehigh County and as president of the Lehigh Valley Young Republicans.
Justin is an advocate for the business community, a stance evidenced by legislative priorities that include fighting to lower the corporate business tax, elimination of the Capital Stock Franchise Tax and passage of the federal Marketplace Fairness Act. On the education front, he would like to ban teacher strikes and he favors real education reform.
He has been named to serve on the Education, Health (secretary), Insurance and State Government (subcommittee chairman on government operation) committees during the 2013-14 legislative session. He is also serving as a deputy chairman on the Majority Policy Committee.
Justin’s solution to balancing the state budget, especially in this tough economic climate, is based on cutting government spending as opposed to the tax-and-spend policies of the previous administration. Justin vows to fight for “true” property tax relief, a promise made but not delivered by the Rendell Administration. Realizing that the property tax system is unfair and out of date, he will evaluate every proposal and meet with citizens who bring better ideas to the table to reduce the burden of property taxes – especially on senior citizens.
Legislation sponsored by Justin, signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, expands the use of voter approval of local government borrowing in home rule counties. Act 160 of 2012 is a significant victory for Pennsylvania taxpayers because it gives them a greater voice in how their money is spent.
Justin also favors selling the state liquor stores, reducing the size of the state Legislature and eliminating wasteful spending. He also supports term limits, part-time status for members of the General Assembly and operating on a two-year budget cycle.
Believing that service in the General Assembly should not be viewed as a career, Justin has promised to refuse per diems, a state-owned vehicle and a pension.
Justin and his wife Erica reside in Upper Saucon Township. They have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Bailey and a West Highland White Terrier named Toby.
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