Justin Simmons is serving his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 131st Legislative District in Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. During the 2017-18 session, he has been appointed to serve on the Children and Youth, Human Services, Liquor Control and Transportation committees.
During the 2015-16 session, Justin was the sponsor of legislation included in an historic liquor reform law. His proposal allows independent colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to conduct wine auction fundraisers. These institutions depend on donations to maintain their operations and Act 39 of 2016 provided them with the same tools available to other organizations.
Justin also sponsored a new law that named a section of highway in memory of a fallen police officer from Lehigh County. Act 90 of 2016 designated the intersection of State Route 309 and Passer Road in Upper Saucon Township as the “Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Highway.” Officer Petzold was struck and killed in that area by an oncoming vehicle on Nov. 9, 2006, as he removed a deer carcass from the roadway that was causing a traffic hazard.
Act 159 of 2016 included legislation sponsored by Justin which named a section of State Route 145 in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, as the “Cpl. Joshua B. Smith Memorial Highway.” U.S. Marine Cpl. Smith was honorably discharged in 2011 and then struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury until he took his own life the following year.
During the 2013-14 session, Justin was the sponsor of a new law that gave thousands of homeless children in Pennsylvania a chance for a healthy and productive life. Act 143 of 2014 qualified homeless youngsters under age 3 for tracking, which allowed them to receive critical early intervention services.
In addition, Justin sponsored a new law during the 2011-12 session that expanded the use of voter approval of local government borrowing in home rule counties. Act 160 of 2012 was a significant victory for Pennsylvania taxpayers because it gave them a greater voice in how their money is spent.
Justin is a strong advocate for the business community, a stance evidenced by his legislative priorities that include fighting to lower the Corporate Net Income tax and eliminate the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.
On the education front, he would like to ban teacher strikes and he favors real education reform.
Justin’s solution to balancing the state budget is based on cutting government spending.
Justin vows to fight for “true” property tax relief. Realizing that the current school 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.
Justin also favors selling the state liquor stores, reducing the size of the state Legislature and eliminating wasteful spending. He also supports part-time status for members of the General Assembly and operating on a two-year budget cycle.
With an eye toward saving taxpayers’ dollars, Justin has promised to refuse a pension, per diems and a state-owned vehicle.
Justin’s political experience also includes serving as Republican committeeman within Lehigh County and as president of the Lehigh Valley Young Republicans.
Justin was born in Pennsylvania, raised in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Saint Joseph’s University.
Justin and his wife, Erica, reside in Upper Saucon Township with their daughter, Reagan. They have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Bailey and a West Highland White Terrier named Toby.
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